Homeland Security planning on collecting social media on everyone seeking immigration benefits
On September 18, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a new rule which allows USCIS storing “social media handles and aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results” in the immigration records (A-Files) of applicants and petitioners seeking immigration benefits.
A-Files, immigration case files, are used primarily by DHS employees for immigration processing and adjudication, protection of national security, and administering and enforcing immigration and nationality laws and related regulations and policy. These records also assist DHS with detecting violations of immigration and nationality laws, supporting the referral of such violations for prosecution or other appropriate enforcement action, supporting law enforcement efforts and inspection processes at the U.S. borders etc.
The research of social media information may help DHS employees to determine immigration fraud or even threat to national security, such as sham marriages or identification of terrorists.
Source: Federal Register.