NAKASEC and its affiliates in Los Angeles & Chicago are working with groups across the country to gather organizational endorsements for this important national effort to lower the citizenship fees. Many of us know firsthand how the drastic fee increase has become a barrier for our community members to become citizens. Please read below the letter to be sent to Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:
“Dear Secretary Napolitano:
The undersigned organizations write in support of the letter from US Rep. Jan Schakowsky and her Congressional colleagues urging you to act now to reduce citizenship fees. The Bush Administration’s decision to increase fees from $400 to $675 in July 2007 has put citizenship further out-of-reach for thousands of hardworking, patriotic immigrants who want to fully participate in our democracy. We urge you to reduce the citizenship fee back to $400, and make the American dream of citizenship attainable again. Thank you for your consideration.”
Earlier this year, local and national immigrant rights groups came together to deliver a letter with 1,200 organizational endorsements to President Barack Obama on the urgent need to enact immigration reform. With you, altogether we gathered 97 endorsements primarily from the Korean American and Asian American & Pacific Islander communities.
If you would like to endorse, please send the following information to March 9, 5 p.m. to email@example.com or fax to 323.937.3753:
Email:_______________________________ Phone Number: (_____)__________________
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. If you should have any questions, any of the following individuals would be happy to hear from you: Sookyung Oh at NAKASEC (323.937.3703, ext. 206, firstname.lastname@example.org), JungHee Lee at KRC (323.937.3718, email@example.com), and/or Sik Sohn at KRCC (773.588.9158, firstname.lastname@example.org). Together, We Build America’s Future.
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
Korean American Resource & Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Korean Resource Center, Los Angeles, CA