Making Citizenship Affordable

Resolution 14-07.02

 

WHEREAS, New Citizenship legislation pending in Congress may provide for fees of $680, fines of $2000, and payment of back taxes, which expenses many new citizens may be unable to afford; and

WHERAS, the underground economy deprives California of billions of dollars of income; and

WHEREAS, the cost of citizenship should not be so great that New Americans are deprived of citizenship opportunity;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party encourages credit unions and banks to provide citizenship loans amounting to ninety percent (90%) of the cost of citizenship fees and penalties and back state taxes owed, not to exceed $5000; that all monies obtained from these citizenship loans must be used for direct payment of citizenship fees, penalties; and that the state of California work with lending institutions to facilitate these new lending practices.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall be forwarded to all members of the California Democratic Congressional Democratic delegation, the California Democratic legislature delegation, and to all  Democratic State Constitutional officeholders.

Sponsored by Carlos Alcala (AD 7)

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2014 Executive Board Meeting
Marriot Hotel, Oakland
July 13, 2014

 

 

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