Border agents are searching refugee’s Facebook accounts to ascertain their religious and political beliefs, according to Mana Yegani of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Ms. Yegani told The Intercept that some of those she has consulted – despite having valid visas – have been interrogated by border agents about their political beliefs before being allowed into the country.
“These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here,” she said. “Just because Trump signed something at 6pm yesterday, things are coming to a crashing halt. It’s scary.”
Trita Parsi, head of the Iranian-American Council, also reported that green card holders are being subjected to political interrogations.
I want to repeat: Green card holders were handcuffed, their social media was reviewed, and they were asked their views on Trump#MuslimBan
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) January 28, 2017
Trump’s ban on refugees entering from 7 Muslim-majority countries went into effect yesterday. Its abrupt implementation has sent immigration officials into what appears to be a frenzy of confusion, as green card holders and those with valid visas have been detained in airports all across the country.
“The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the US resettlement program is one of the most important in the world,” said the International Organisation for Migration.
These political interrogations will likely only stoke accusations of authoritarianism against the Trump administration. Many have accused Trump of having fascistic tendencies, and George Orwell’s 1984 has skyrocketed to the top of the Amazon Bestseller list following his Inauguration.
via : usuncut