Feds, wasting time on Facebook

Source: Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh

“In the annals of the Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security just published a scary new rule. It requires immigrants to hand over ‘social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information and search results’ as part of the visa-vetting process. Slated to go into effect Oct. 18, and applying to permanent residents and naturalized citizens as well , this rule is intended to weed out people whose social media activity reveals they are national security threats. Unfortunately, despite the Trump administration crowing about the importance of ‘extreme vetting’ of newcomers, the new rule will just make immigration a more convoluted process, while doing little to protect Americans from terrorism.” (09/28/17)