The Department of Homeland Security announced that they will begin collecting social media information from all immigrants.
The new rule will be applied to both permanent resident and naturalized citizens, and it will consist of “social media handles and aliases, associated identifiable information and search results.”
The bill is set to go into effect on October 18th, after a public comment period.
Buzzfeed news reported that the new rule could potentially affect U.S. citizens who communicate with immigrants on social media.
Earlier this year, Homeland Security’s inspector general published a report which concluding that DHS pilot programs for using social media to screen immigration applicants “lack criteria for measuring performance to ensure they meet their objectives.”
The report went on to state, “Although the pilots include some objectives, such as determining the effectiveness of an automated search tool and assessing data collection and dissemination procedures, it is not clear DHS is measuring and evaluating the pilots’ results to determine how well they are performing against set criteria.”
The Trump administration has already approved a questionnaire for visa applicants that requires their social media handles for the past five years, as well as biographical information going back 15 years.
For another brief overview of the new plan, check out the following video…
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Credit: The Hill