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PostPosted: 26 Oct 2010, 16:21 
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PHOENIX -- A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memo explains how federal employees can use social network websites to investigate immigration fraud.

The memo appears to target immigration petitioners who are apply to become permanent U.S. residents by marrying U.S. citizens.

The memo says "sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Classmates, Hi-5 and other similar sites" are "an opportunity to reveal fraud."

It says: "Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuels a need to have a large group of "friends" link to their pages and many of these people accept cyber-friends they don't even know. This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS (Fraud Detection and National Security) to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners."

The memo also provides a step-by-step guide about how to "friend" someone on social networking websites.

Chris Bentley, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesman denied the agency dupes green card applicants or others immigration petitioners into making connections on social network sites.

“USCIS does not permit agency personnel to attempt to 'friend' immigration petitioners and their beneficiaries on social networks in an effort to reveal fraud," said Brantley.

However, Matt Chandler, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokesman, said USCIS does look at public information on social networking websites to investigate green card applications.

USCIS is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Phoenix immigration attorney Monika Sud-Devaraj was surprised by the memo's suggestions.

Sud-Devaraj is a former INS prosecutor who now helps legitimate couples apply for green cards.

"I can't believe DHS (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) would do that and rely on the information to use against a client," said Sud-Devaraj.

She said information on a social network website is not reliable and would likely fail to hold up in court.

Sud-Devaraj also said the government already makes it difficult for couples to pass immigration officials' inspections.

"I tell my clients when they go for one of these interviews,'Your life is an open book. Be prepared for questions that don't cross the line,'" she said.

If it's public info, I personally think there is nothing wrong with it. People need to be careful of sites.

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