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Trump Administration's Extreme Vetting May Include Cell Phone Review

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By    |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 01:34 PM

The Trump administration is beginning to define the "extreme vetting" policies for people coming into the United States, part of a promise President Donald Trump made during his campaign run.

According to The Wall Street Journal, administration officials are currently in talks about whether or not foreigners visiting the U.S. should be required to turn over cell phone contacts and social media passwords to authorities.

The full extent of the potential procedures has yet to be made public, but if these extreme vetting practices are put in place, foreigners who come to America, even for short periods of time, would not only be required to hand over mobile phones and social media passcodes, but also they could be required to share financial records and answer questions about their ideology.

“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,” said Gene Hamilton, the senior counselor for Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the WSJ reported.

The administration looks at the vetting process as a way to “figure out who you are communicating with,” a Department of Homeland Security official told the WSJ.

Among the questions foreigners could be asked are whether they "believe in so-called honor killings, how they view the treatment of women in society, whether they value the 'sanctity of human life,' and who they view as a legitimate target in a military operation," The Wall Street Journal reported.

Civil rights groups are against the Trump administration’s potential extreme vetting procedures.

“Our views and beliefs and opinions are protected,” Hugh Handeyside, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security project, told the WSJ. “Those same principles should drive our decisions about whether people would be permitted to visit the United States.”

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