US Border Patrol Checking Facebook Profiles
Jan 30, 2017 03:58 PM EST
US border border patrol is checking people's Facebook accounts to observe their political views before allowing them into United States. President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning immigration from seven countries.
Houston-based lawyer Mana Yegani declared that many green card holders were detained by border agents at American airports according to the Independent, hours after Trump signed an executive order. The ban affects travellers with passports from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen and green card holders from muslim countries who are granted authorisation to live and work in the United States.
Ms Yegani declared that she and her fellow lawyers had worked fielding calls from people with legitimate visa who were detained before entering the US. Other people were ordered back on flights to the Muslim countries on the list.
People from muslim countries are being interrogated
A Sudanese PhD student at Stanford University in California was held for five hours in New York, a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen was not allowed to board a flight in Ottawa. In Cairo, five Iraqis and one Yemeni were barred from boarding an EgyptAir flight to US and were redirected to their home countries, despite holding valid visas.
There were reports of people's social media accounts being targeted, these measures have made tech executives from companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google and Netflix to decry the move as "un-American according to Cnet. Border agents were checking the social media accounts of those detained and were asking them about their political beliefs before allowing them into the US.
Many immigration organisations and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLA) launched a lawsuit on behalf of two Iraqi men. It stated that they had been given visas to enter the United States but were detained at JFK airport.