Trump's travel ban on Muslims to include social media 'vetting'
Feb.1, NY: Travellers to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries singled out for "extreme vetting" will face scrutiny of their social media activity and phone records, according to the new US Homeland Security secretary.
According to John Kelly on Tuesday, President Donald Trump's travel ban, four days after he issued it with no warning, setting off mass protests, legal challenges and confusion.
"There are many countries, seven that we are dealing with right now, that in our view and my view don't have the kind of law enforcement, records-keeping, that kind of thing, that can convince us that one of their citizens is indeed who that citizen says they are," Kelly said in a press conference.
For that reason, he said, US authorities will investigate visa applicants' social media use and telephone contacts, "so that we can see who they are talking to".
On Friday, Trump ordered a suspension of arrivals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, including refugees.
With the move under widespread criticism, Kelly denied it specifically targets Muslims, which could violate the US Constitution.
"The vast majority of the 1.7 billion Muslims that live on this planet, all other things being equal, have access to the United States," he said.
"And a relatively small number right now are being held up for a period of time until we can take a look at what their procedures are."
The Oslo Times International News Network