Nearly 20 years after reporters and congressional investigators caught the Clinton administration trying to register a million immigrants as new citizens and Democratic voters — many without proper documents — some Republicans fear the Obama administration is instituting a similar policy.
The November memorandum issued by the White House and Department of Homeland Security on immigration does more than give a reprieve to millions of illegal immigrants. It also makes a push for legal immigrants to become citizens. It allows legal immigrants in the U.S. to, for the first time, pay their $680 naturalization fee by credit card. And the plan offers to waive the cost, based on income, for families earning up to $47,000 for a family of four.
In the past, the government prohibited such partial waivers. The plan, dubbed “New Americans,” will also include a comprehensive media campaign in major media markets in 10 states.