USA to ask visa applicants for passwords?

10 February, 2017, 02:16 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • No other country to be added to travel ban: Homeland Security Secretary

According to NBC News, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told the House Homeland Security Committee this on Tuesday.

Foreign travellers visiting the US may have to hand over their social media passwords for background check, a move which could come as part of the effort to toughen vetting of visitors, US Homeland Security Secretary has said.

In an interview with Morning Edition host Rachel Martin, the retired Marine Corps general said the ban, which has been blocked by a district court order that is now being reviewed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, "is not based on religion in any way".

"We may want to get on their social media with their passwords (to figure out) what do (they) do?"

Trump's order bars citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days.

"These are the things we are thinking about", he said. "If they don't want to cooperate then you don't come in".

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Immigration attorneys said during the confusion of this travel ban that some of their clients were forced to give up their passwords and were asked about religious and political affiliations.

Asked about President Trump's comments that his promised border wall was "getting designed right now", Kelly said he is traveling to the southwest this week to speak with Customs and Border Protection agents.

"Even in countries where, as you've so carefully pointed out, we don't have vetting ... those guys are on social media", Higgins said.

Kelly, recently acknowledged that a delay in the roll out of the immigration ban would have been better, and has now suggested that all those who are planning to visit the USA, could need to surrender their Twitter and Facebook passwords to the border agents as a part of the recent protocol. The logic is that these records will help the government ascertain the money trail, how a person is living and who sends them the money.

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