The National Border Patrol Council released a statement on its website Sunday praising the president’s policies as ‘swift and decisive action’ that ‘will make America safer and more prosperous.’
As representatives of the nation’s Frontline immigration officers and agents responsible for enforcing our laws and protecting our borders, we fully support and appreciate President Trump’s swift and decisive action to keep the American people safe and allow law enforcement to do its job. We applaud the three executive orders he has issued to date, and are confident they will make America safer and more prosperous. Morale amongst our agents and officers has increased exponentially since the signing of the orders. The men and women of ICE and Border Patrol will work tirelessly to keep criminals, terrorists, and public safety threats out of this country, which remains the number one target in the world – and President Trump’s actions now empower us to fulfill this life saving mission, and it will indeed save thousands of lives and billions of dollars.
Proposed security measure would force Muslim immigrants and refugees referenced in Trump’s travel ban to hand over social media details as part of a security check.
The Guardian The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering forcing refugees and visa applicants from seven Muslim-majority countries to hand over their login details for Facebook and other social media sites as part of a security check.
“We want to get on their social media, with passwords – what do you do, what do you say?” said the DHS secretary, John Kelly, speaking to Congress during the House committee on homeland security on Tuesday. “If they don’t want to cooperate then you don’t come in.”
“When someone says, ‘I’m from this town and this was my occupation,’ [border officials] essentially have to take the word of the individual. I frankly don’t think that’s enough, certainly President Trump doesn’t think that’s enough. So we’ve got to maybe add some additional layers,” said Kelly.
If their social media posts had been checked, it’s likely the San Bernardino terrorists would not have been able to slaughter so many Americans. The discovery of old social media posts by Malik openly expressing her desire to take part in violent jihad has exposed a significant shortcoming in how foreigners are screened when they enter the U.S.
Another security measure being considered by homeland security under the Trump administration is demanding financial records. “We can follow the money, so to speak,” said Kelly. “How are you living, who is sending you money?”
He said this could help identify “individuals who may be on the payroll of terrorist organizations”. Immigrants from the seven countries affected by the executive order already face intense screening by homeland security.
Facebook engineer Murtadha Al-Tameemi , who was born in Iraq, last week told the Guardian that every time he returns to the US from a business trip or family visit he is subjected to up to four hours of secondary screening.
“Sometimes they take my phone and look through my photos, my Facebook and emails, and ask about the people contacting me, or where I took a photo, or why was I in a particular location. If you don’t give them your phone they don’t let you into the country,” he said.
For Ibrahim Hooper, chief spokesjihadist for designated terrorist group CAIR, the proposed measure is another step towards Trump carrying out what he announced in December 2015: a complete ban of Muslim entry to the United States. (One can only hope)
“It’s kind of a drip drip approach. Everything you do singles out Muslims for special treatment in violation of constitution. That’s what we have, what we have to deal with,” he said.