Fees to expedite worker visas pay for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency can't keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow.
Immigrant rights groups are voicing their opposition to the president's new migrant worker plan, which would allow undocumented workers to buy $3,500 permits every three years to remain in the country. Democrats and the Catholic Church have also criticized the proposed policy, which is harsher and costlier than a previous proposal supported by Bush.