Reports say that the Trump administration is considering introducing ‘extreme vetting’ for travelers who are looking to enter the country from countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, and France. The policy would mean that US Customs and Border Protection officers could demand that visitors hand over social media usernames and passwords, mobile phone contacts, and even financial data or else risk being refused entry to the country.
The phone contacts and other digital devices could then be examined in order to “figure out who you are communicating with,” according to a senior official from the department of homeland security.
Visitors will also be asked ideological questions like, ‘What do you think of ISIS?’ before being allowed entry into the United States.
The idea was originally put forward by US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who said:
It is believed that the 38 countries affected will be those who are part of the visa waiver program, where citizens of certain countries do not require a visa to enter the US for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days.
This raises a few questions for us – like how will officials decide who they want to obtain these details from (surely they won’t vet everyone)? Won’t this prevent people coming to the United States for things like tourism?
And finally, about those questions…
Can you really imagine a terrorist who is trying to sneak into the United States admitting to being a fan of ISIS?