The Secretary for United States Department of Homeland Security has notified Congress to considered the collection of social media passwords (Facebook or any related websites) from visitors or refugees of 7 major Muslim countries at the port of security checks. Kelly, on Tuesday told the House Committee on Homeland Security- “We want to get on their social media, with passwords: What do you do, what do you say?” “If they don’t want to cooperate, then you don’t come in.”
As of the sources, Kelly’s major focus on this strict order related to visa applicants and refugees of Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Yemen & Sudan- the countries that have been banned entry from US President’s official order- that very order whose implementation is hindered by the federal judge.
Kelly stated that this rule is to boost border security. However, this rule is not something new. During Barack Obama’s administration, in June, this rule of demanding social media passwords from people entering USA was considered but not implemented. Visitors will be given a paper as well as an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) which is an online application. The applicants who are allowed a visa exempt entry will need to fill this form in order to stay in the country up to 90 days for which ever visit purpose- vacation, business or medical.
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