On Thursday, May 4, the State Department, which oversees the consular officers who interview applicants for U.S. visas, issued "extreme vetting" procedures and questions for certain visa applicants it considers a "threat to national security" on the Federal Register for review as an emergency provision that would go into effect May 18. We can't let this happen.
We know based on the Trump Administration's explicit call for a Muslim immigration ban that this means they will target Muslim and people from Muslim majority countries.
The new rule requires certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants whom the Administration profiles as potential national security threats to provide fifteen years of personal history, including employment information, places they have lived or traveled, and how they funded such travel. Alarmingly, applicants will be required to provide all social media handles they have used in the past five years. If an applicant is unable to provide this information, their visa application may get rejected.
We urge you to join Asian Americans Advancing Justice and take action now. We only have until May 18 to submit our comments in opposition to this backdoor Muslim ban.
Stand with us and show your support for the Muslim community.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles