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.

At ASISTA, we are particularly concerned about this Fraud Tip form as it represents another tool for abusers and perpetrators of crime to weaponize the immigration system against survivors, without consequence or repercussion. This is extremely problematic and dangerous, as abusers often use the threat of deportation as a tool to maintain power and control over survivors.

We urge you and your organization to submit comments detailing your opposition to this proposed form. The comment period closes Tuesday, April 16th. 

ASISTA, ILRC and the Arab American Institute have developed a comprehensive fact sheet on the new USCIS Tip Form. In addition, you can use this template comment to speak out against this harmful form.  We are grateful to ILRC, AAI, ACLU, AAPCHO, NIJC, CLINIC, and End Domestic Abuse WI for their contribution to these resources.

Using the template as a starting point, we suggest agencies individualize their comments with their own reasons and experiences why the proposed rule would harm immigrant survivors and their families so that they may be counted as a unique submission. In addition, to the extent possible, your comment submission should be in your own words and based upon your agency’s concerns and interests.  The goal is to maximize the number of unique comments to have the greatest impact.

Deadline for submission is April 16, 2019. Comments can be submitted online at: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCIS-2019-0001-0001  Please remember to review and clear any formatting before submission.  

Resources:

USCIS Fraud Tip Fact Sheet

Template Comment in Opposition to USCIS Tip Form