On February 15, 2019 the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed form for notice and comment to collect information from the general public regarding purported immigration fraud. The publication of this form signals another dangerous and insidious shift in USCIS’s transformation from an agency serving immigrants and adjudicating their applications into an enforcement agency working in tandem with Trump’s deportation force. Inviting the public to submit unsubstantiated reports of fraud about individual immigrants is a demonstration of deep cynicism about our immigration system and fulfills the Trump Administration’s racist agenda of casting immigrants as suspect and criminal.
We urge you and your organization to submit comments detailing your opposition to this proposed form. The comment period closes Tuesday, April 16th.
Below, please find a fact sheet and template comment to aid in your advocacy. Please use this template comment to register your opposition to this form. While the template is a great starting point, we strongly encourage you to include your agency’s unique perspective about the detrimental effect of these proposed changes when submitting your or your organization’s comment. The goal is to maximize the number of unique comments to have the greatest impact.