Yes, you must sign the request form, but there is usually no risk involved, unless you have a criminal history or other. Consult with experienced immigration lawyer.
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Better to have an attorney file the FOIA. That way, there is no need for you to reveal your address.
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There is very little risk. I have never heard of ICE combing through FOIA requests just to target undocumented individuals, especially considering the relatively recent priorities. So, if there is a criminal history or this person is considered a fugitive for some reason, there potentially could be a problem, but I have never seen that in over a decade of filing FOIA requests.
Theoretically that you will point out your existence and address. Practically, none. Not in CA and not after the Morton Memo in place unless you have criminal history which, depending on the history, could cause a different answer on my part.
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