Immigration & Social Media

Hey everybody, hope you’re enjoying my new website. I’m going to start posting news immigration laws in real time now so that you guys can stay up-to-date on changes.

But first, I want to comment on a story from about a month ago, regarding immigration checking social media websites from immigrants entering the United States.

However, this was not news to me.

I had a case from earlier this spring, where my client was applying for citizenship.  On the woman’s application for citizenship, the form asks for names for the name of her husband, and she put down her husband’s name.

The applicant’s husband owned a local store. The store had been in the news recently for alleged criminal activity. (The charges were bogus of course, The result of a four month multi agency investigation that wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers money and all charges were dismissed).

I assume that the immigration officer who was assigned to the case did a social media or Facebook search for the husbands name and it came up with the recent news about the store. At the interview, the woman was questioned about her husband, and his involvement in criminal activity. Even if he was involved in criminal activity, It has no bearing on anything, because an applicant for citizenship cannot have their application denied because their husband was involved in criminal activity.

Nonetheless, the officer asked about it.  I struck the officers questions down, because they were irrelevant, and asked the officer politely to move on. The applicant later got her citizenship approved.

But the truth is that every government agency in the United States is checking social media for possible ties to criminal activity of any applicant for any benefit of any type type at the county, state, or federal level.

This is because it’s easy to get information and confessions from people were posting online thinking that it’s just for their friends, and it’s easier to get information this way than it is to send a detective or officer or investigator out to somebody’s house to ask questions in person.

Please be careful about what you’re putting online.


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