I am making a post of this comment by Muzzled No More.
Could I suggest that Brockers make comments at the following link.
Comments on the fee-hikes for consular services are being accepted until Oct. 21.
I am unable to do so (still Muzzled in some regards) but if I could, my comment would be as follows:
“It is every American’s constitutional right to renounce his citizenship. As a right, renunciation of citizenship should be free of charge or, at worst, available at an extremely nominal fee, certainly no higher than the “user-pay” fee one would be charged for a passport. A $450 fee was bad enough. For many citizens, the new fee of $2350.00 has priced renunciation beyond their ability to pay. The $2350.00 fee effectively denies them their constitutional right to renounce.
“Renunciation of citizenship is a right guaranteed to all, not a privilege reserved for a few. As such, the US government *must* provide the necessary service at no or low cost. If a renunciation application actually costs the State Department $2350.00 then it is its responsibility to simplify its procedure thereby reducing those costs.
“Perhaps a lesson can be taken from the German government’s renunciation procedure. The application form is available online. The applicant fills out the form and mails it in with certified copies of a couple of documents. No fee. No in-person interviews. No fancy ceremonies. The renunciation is considered in effect when a certificate is received by the applicant. Simple. Efficient. Cost-effective. There is no need for the complexity with which the US State Department’s process is currently burdened.”
If anybody wants to submit that comment under their own moniker I’d be delighted!
At the site you mention one can submit a comment with complete anonymity. There is no requirement to give any name. I mention this in case anyone else has been put off from commenting by thinking it is necessary to give real identification. Take you chance.
I am inclined to feel trusting. I do not think they will be recording IP addresses and hunting down people whose comments they don’t like.
It surprises me that they are only showing 34 comments received.