DHS Gets Serious About Immigration Vetting

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CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 22: Newly sworn citizens leave the Department of Homeland Security auditorium after participating in a naturalization ceremony on February 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. About 100 people were sworn in as U.S. citizens during the ceremony. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Department of Homeland Security, DHS, has begun ramping up its vetting procedures in line with President Trump’s calls to rigorously investigate new immigrants to the United States. When the President first campaigned on a “travel ban,” the purpose was to allow security services room to develop a comprehensive and stringent vetting procedure. Due to seemingly endless legal challenges, this has made little progress.

DHS has now published a rule in the Federal Register that states new immigrants will have to supply their social media handles and aliases. While the left-leaning media are working themselves into a frenzy, it is clearly a sensible measure that will help authorities ascertain who is who.

The rule set to go into effect on Oct. 18 after a public comment period will allow: “source categories to include publicly available information obtained from the internet, public records, public institutions, interviewees, commercial data providers, and information obtained and disclosed pursuant to information sharing agreements.”

This is an important point that will likely be ignored by the majority of the media in the coming weeks; the information will only be that which is publicly available. It is the same information that you or I could easily source ourselves.

The potential for what this can achieve is immense. In Europe, as the Migrant Crisis reached its peak, the population was fed the sorry tales of people enduring hardship and oppression…but not all of it was true. Some in the media took to investigating the claims of hardship and found some very pertinent information.

One “refugee” who claimed to be 17 (in order to be automatically admitted to the UK), based on his social media profile was in fact in his mid-twenties; and far from fleeing “war-torn areas” his online photos showed him at luxury resorts with expensive clothes and cars. However, even this isn’t the point of the new rule.

The major reason for the new DHS rule is that it will allow security services to do two things.

  1. They will be able to check if an applicant has any terrorist or extremist connections through social media sites.
  2. If they have been “liking” terrorist propaganda or have expressed anti-American views themselves.

Critics will argue that the DHS procedure for “asking” applicants for social media handles and aliases will not prevent an individual lying and is therefore of no use. The second aspect of the new procedure allows for applicants caught lying at a later date to be easily removed from the country or charged with a crime. This one process change will not “fix” the immigration vetting process, but it is a solid and sensible move in the right direction. To help ensure the safety of American citizens (native-born and immigrant), so why are some on the left so against it? Open borders? World citizenship? End national sovereignty?

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Mark A
Mark A
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.

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