Topics

More on USCIS Proposes Fee Increases - has this been posted on FB groups, yet? #United States


Jan Meisels Allen
 

Marjoire asks if the genealogy Facebook pages have the information posted regarding the proposed increase in USCIS fees. I don’t know as I am not on Facebook.

 

I first posted it on November 15 then Dick Eastman posted it with permission using my posting on the IAJGS Records Access Alert -same as the one I posted on JewishGen Discussion Group and IAJGS Leadership Forum-- getting the word out. From Dick’s posting other bloggers copied his posting referring and including my posting. Other bloggers used their own narrative.  The same with my second posting announcing the group that is spearheading the coalition of genealogists and historians. This was also reported by Dick Eastman in his newsletter and again picked up by other bloggers. 

 

The word is getting out. Whether it is on any FB page someone else will have to respond.


Remember to write your letters!

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Marilen Pitler
 

As I had asked in a prior post (I had two typos of which I'm horribly embarrassed), do you know of any petitions? Perhaps the group spearheading this could create one. 
A petition may gain more traction than letter writing. Marilen Pitler, St. Louis


Jan Meisels Allen
 

No petitions to my knowledge. Thousands of letters will do the best to show the amount of interest. They are required to respond in the Federal Register to each letter they receive not to a petition . No form letters. USCIS needs to hear from the thousands who oppose this.

A coalition of genealogists, historians and records access advocates have created a portal about this with suggestions.  Please see: https://www.recordsnotrevenue.com/



Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


On Sunday, November 24, 2019, 6:22:39 AM PST, mpitler@... <mpitler@...> wrote:


As I had asked in a prior post (I had two typos of which I'm horribly embarrassed), do you know of any petitions? Perhaps the group spearheading this could create one. 
A petition may gain more traction than letter writing. Marilen Pitler, St. Louis


Renée K. Carl
 

Hi Marilen
I am part of the all-volunteer group coordinating the advocacy effort. As Jan said, in the case of impacting the Federal rulemaking process, the ONLY method that will be considered by USCIS is by using the link to comment in the Federal Register, or by submitting a letter in writing. You can increase the impact by sending a copy of your comments to your U.S. Representative and Senators.

Petitions are not accepted nor will they impact the decision-making process regarding the proposed fee hikes. Comments by individuals, or organizations, is the only accepted method of communication.

Send your comments BEFORE 16 DECEMBER 2019 to the Federal Rulemaking Portal and refer to DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010 and follow instructions for submitting comments; you can also send them in writing, to:
Samantha Deshommes,
Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division,
Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
Department of Homeland Security,
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW,
Mailstop #2140,
Washington, DC 20529-2140.
To ensure proper handling, please reference DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010 in your correspondence.

Thank you.
Renee


SANDI ROOT
 

I sent my (somewhat) diplomatic advisement re USCIS's desire to make searches unaffordable, to my Texas leges, Cornyn and Cruz.  

Politics aside, in the past they have both been helpful on issues that needed addressing, so I am ever hopeful they will do the right thing on this issue as well.  

Fingers crossed, and will advise when I hear back.   

Sandi Root

Bulverde, Texas