The State Dept. states that foreign visitors and people who are planning to immigrate to the U.S., links to the various social media accounts for the obtaining of a visa.
The State Department is expected to publish a series of proposals Friday that would a number of tourists and immigrants to provide information on their social media accounts for a visit to the U.S., The Washington Times reported.
The proposals are part of a wider effort of the Trumpet administration “extreme control” on immigration, the department said.
Travelers would also be required to provide phone numbers, email addresses, international travel and immigration within the last five years.
Travelers would also be required to answer questions about potential family ties to terrorism.
“This upgrade to visa vetting, is a long-awaited, and it is suitable to apply to anyone who has access, because terrorism is a global problem. The goal is to weed out people with radical or dangerous views,” Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, told the newspaper.
According to the documents, about 14 million people are affected by the new proposals, and another 700,000 would be taken in the immigration system.
Don Crocetti, a former senior fraud investigator for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said an individual’s refusal of their social media accounts could not only be used to deny approval.
“The use of social media is a key in their toolbox. It is not that you use the same key for everything you do, but it is a key, it is a different size instrument, and you have to use that selectively,” he said.
After publication of the proposals will allow 60 days for public comment before the policy is finalised later this year.