"Lamar Smith—who seems to be the House of Representatives’ self-appointed immigration fraud watchdog—claims
that “there are no safeguards in place to prevent fraud or to prevent
an immigrant from fabricating tales,” but that simply is untrue.
The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services has extensive
processes to verify the information that an application reports, plus an
entire Fraud Detection Unit.
When we submit a VAWA self-petition on behalf of a battered woman, for
example, it is usually several inches thick, including extensive
evidence such as police reports, photographs of the effects of physical
abuse, notarized testimony from witnesses to the abuse, and often
reports from the domestic violence shelter where the woman has been
living. Even still, we often get requests for further evidence. I’m
sure that there are isolated instances of attempted fraud, but there are
many safeguards in place to catch it." - Matthew Soerens, June 4, 2012.