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#HomelandInsecurity: Stop spying on immigrants!

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    The Message

    Department of Homeland Security:

    The Department of Homeland Security’s policy of monitoring social media accounts for all immigrants, including green card holders and naturalized citizens, amounts to reckless and unwarranted surveillance of a broad swath of people living the United States.

    Although they claim this social media monitoring is necessary for national security, a person’s online presence – including everything from who someone follows on Twitter to a list of a person's Facebook friends – isn’t representative of someone’s belief system or future actions. And definitely should not be used by the government in evaluating immigration cases.

    The Department of Homeland Security should immediately cease and desist monitoring, collecting, and storing any social media account data on U.S. immigrants.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is recklessly targeting immigrants for intensified monitoring of their social media accounts.1 And that’s all immigrants: green card holders and naturalized citizens, too.

    DHS's new rule on recording — and sharing the social media activities of all immigrants and anyone who interacts with them online — with other federal agencies, seeks to further criminalize and frighten our communities.2 But we can stop Trump's DHS.

    Tell Trump's DHS: Stop spying on immigrants’ social media accounts.

    We’re partnering with Demand Progress, CREDO Action, and others to tell Homeland Security to cease and desist immediately. The deadline for public comments is October 18th.

    DHS announced this policy last week, and privacy and immigration advocates raised concerns. Then Homeland Security back-pedaled by saying that they’ve already been monitoring the social media of all immigrants since 2012.3

    After the election, Customs and Border Patrol quietly began asking foreign nationals for their social media handles at border crossings throughout the country. Then in February, Trump’s DHS unveiled a new visa survey that requires applicants to provide 15 years of detailed travel history, a complete work history and social media handles and email addresses going back five years.

    Reject Trump’s xenophobic profiling of immigrants, submit your comment.

    When it comes to surveillance, the Department of Homeland Security has been on the razor’s edge of unnecessary and invasive tracking of immigrants at the US border and airports, from searching through cell phones to capturing biometric data, and, soon, collecting DNA samples.

    Monitoring the social media accounts of all immigrants in the U.S. is one of many steps taken too far. Further, this may codify a terrifying “new normal” for our nation’s immigrants — creating a hostile online environment where anything you say on social media can be documented in your immigration file.

    We're working hard with our partners to tell Homeland Security to shut down social media surveillance immediately. Will you join us?

    Tell Homeland Security to stop spying on immigrants’ social media accounts.

    References:
    [1] "US Homeland Security Will Start Collecting Social Media Info on All Immigrants October 18th." GIZMODO. September 26, 2017.
    [2] "People Are Worried About DHS Plans To Gather Social Media Info." BuzzFeed News. September 28, 2017.
    [3] "US Homeland Security Says Tracking Social Media of Immigrants is Nothing New." GIZMODO. September 28, 2017.

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