The next time you head to the Trumpville (the US) you may be required by immigration control officials to hand over your phone to have your contacts and social media search, if President Trump has his way.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration has proposed a new bill with tightened vetting process for foreigners entering the country that would require them to hand their mobiles over to officials, answer questions about their “ideologies” and provide access to financial records.
This new process would include foreigners from countries that require a visa and those that don’t and extends to those coming for short visits.
It’s also part of Trump’s bid to tighten access past US borders, following his earlier entry ban on a number of predominantly Muslim countries – which was halted by a Hawaiian judge last month – and the proposed Mexican wall he wants to build on the Mexico-US border.
“If there is any doubt about a person’s intentions coming to the United States, they should have to overcome — really and truly prove to our satisfaction — that they are coming for legitimate reasons,” Gene Hamilton from the US Department of Homeland Security, told Wal Street Journal.
Added to the scrutiny of mobiles and “ideologies”, the Trump administration wants to make the visa interview process a lot stricter for applicants.
The bill is yet to be officially given the green light, so it may not make the light of day – just yet.[Source – Wall Street Journal]