Take Action Now: Tell the Administration NO to Charging for Asylum

Last month the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) proposed charging a $50 dollar fee to claim asylum in the United States. Charging a fee for asylum would add an undue burden to individuals seeking protection in the United States, and without a fee waiver option, would make asylum accessible only to those who can pay.

Make a public comment now and help keep this rule from going into effect. The deadline is Monday, December 30, at 11:59pm EST

Here’s how:

  1. Go to this link to make a comment.
  2. Draft a comment using the sample language below. Make your comment unique (don’t just copy and paste) because the system will discard duplicate entries.

Sample Comment

I would like to express my opposition to the proposed Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements published on November 14, 2019 by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010). The right to flee one’s country and seek safety in another is a fundamental right and should not only be available to those who can afford to pay for protection.

Insert your own reasons for opposing the rule, for example:

  1. Only three countries in the world charge for asylum. In addition to joining that list, the U.S would also be the only one that did not offer a fee waiver so that individuals, regardless of their circumstances, can apply.

  2. Jewish tradition teaches that each and every person deserves to be treated justly and with compassion. That means providing a fair and humane asylum program -- not turning people away who are fleeing violent and unsafe circumstances because they cannot pay.

  3. Charging a fee will do nothing to address the increasing backlog of asylum cases or cost of adjudicating asylum claims. USCIS should focus their attention on more efficient ways to process asylum claims instead of placing an undue burden on those seeking safety and protection.

For nearly 70 years, the United States respected the fundamental right to seek asylum. I oppose this rule because it is in direct violation of the laws and protections for those seeking safety in my country.