In what is now known as ‘social media scrutiny,’ immigrants applying for certain benefits may soon need to provide links to their social media accounts as part of the process. According to a notice published in the Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security wants to be able to review information posted on social media over the last five years by immigrants who apply for nine types of benefits — including U.S. citizenship through naturalization, asylum and changes on permanent residence through marriage. The proposal is currently open for public comment until November 4. If approved, DHS will add questions about social networks to several forms used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

The platforms targeted include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr, Reddit and Tumbler. I don’t know about you but this sounds as crazy as it is scary. Even if you’re not a social media person, there’s a high probability that you use at least one or two of these sites and therefore you have some personal information ‘out there’. Imagine being denied citizenship or entry into the US because of your social media personality. Imagine that your worth is being pegged to the kind of photos or tweets you share online. Preposterous!

As immigrants living in the states, we all have different goals. Some just want to study and return home, others want to become US citizens, while some just want to maintain their statutes as foreigners and raise their families. Whatever your goal may be, iMiMatch wants to help you achieve it. On iMiMatch, we want to be part of the reason why your immigrant experience is blissful; therefore we’ve created a safe space for you on iMiMatch. Amidst the chaos of anti-immigrant laws being passed, the iMiMatch is finding Joy in our small wins and refusing to let fear keep us from being happy. If you condemn the decision of the Department of Homeland Security, then take a moment to leave a comment on their site. Protect your privacy!


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