It is safe, as long as relative in question is not a "fugitive'. There are likely to be many pages that are going to be "withheld" by DHS. Most of us immigration lawyers who often file FOIA requests for our clients immediately "appeal" after receipt of the initial FOIA package. The second time around we get a little bit more of what we were looking for in the file..
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If you are concerned, another option is to hire counsel to complete the request.
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Have a licensed U.S. immigration attorney help pull records so that it is done safely and you have a good review of the records and an immigration plan moving forward. Guessing is risky behavior. Private consultations work better.
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Normally, they don't review the documents for actionable items, but that is not a guarantee. Can you use your lawyer's address?
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