The White House is considering asking all foreign visitors to hand over their mobile phone contacts and share information about their social media.
Since last month, visitors entering the country on the visa waiver program had the ‘option’ to share information about their online presence.
But since President Trump was sworn in last week, things are stepping up – drastically.
According to a source quoted on CNN, Trump’s administration could make all foreign visitors share their personal contacts before entering the country.
Those who don’t comply with the request could be denied entry to the country.
White House policy director Stephen Miller reportedly spoke to officials of the State Department, Customs and Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security yesterday to discuss enforcing the new requirement.
This comes just two days after Mr Trump signed an extreme executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days, and shutting the border completely to all refugees from these countries.
As a result, people who had previously been granted asylum have ended up stranded in US airports with nowhere to go.
The decision sparked huge protests outside airports, with crowds urging immigration staff to let people enter the country.
Which countries are included in Trump’s immigration orders?
Citizens of the following seven Muslim-majority countries are temporarily banned from entering the US:
- Refugees from Syria are all barred, indefinitely, and with immediate effect
- All other asylum seekers are barred from the US for 120 days
However, the ban does not apply to the following Muslim-majority countries (where Trump – conveniently – has business interests):
- Saudi Arabia