Federal Court dramatically increases fees for immigration courts


The American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Law Center and Gibson, Dun & Crutcher challenged this rule.

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A federal court has on January 18 blocked all previous regulations of the Trump administration, significantly increasing immigration proceedings in which the government wants to deport immigrants, many of whom are long-term residents of this country.

The fee increase rule, which originally came into force on 19 January, would have increased the filing fee in applications, appeals and removal proceedings by about 800 percent.According to an American Immigration Council news release, the substantial increase would have denied access to justice for financially disadvantaged individuals who want a fair day in court.

The American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Law Center and Gibson, Dun Crutcher challenged this rule.

"Again, the court rejects the administration's substandard rule-of-law, this time a 'money test' will be imposed on migrants seeking a fair day in court," Kate Meloy Goetel, Legal Director of Litigation at the American Immigration Council. , Said in a statement. "Without today's decision, the new fees would mean increasing deportation for many low-income migrants, for no other reason than the inability to access the courts," he said.

The notice was filed on behalf of immigrant rights organizations and legal service providers Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., Kids in Need of Defense, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto and The Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights.