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U.S. Border Patrol Checking Facebook Profiles For Political Views, Says Lawyer

30 January 2017
U.S. Border Patrol Checking Facebook Profiles For Political Views, Says Lawyer

Houston-based lawyer Mana Yegani said several green card holders, who have the right to live and work in the United States, were detained by border agents at American airports hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning immigration from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa. That's a question to ponder in the wake of President Donald Trump's ban on immigration that began on Friday. This is the case for many green card holders who are being checked at the U.S. borders after the newly-elected President Donald Trump announced the immigration ban. Currently, the ban applies to immigrants of seven countries and nearly all major tech giants, from Apple, to Facebook, to Netflix, and Google, have decried the move as "un-American".

The ban extends to green card holders who are authorized to live and work in the United States, according to Gillian Christensen, a Homeland Security spokeswoman. "They have jobs here and they have vehicles here".

The order, signed on Holocaust Memorial Day, means Syrian refugees have been banned from entering the country indefinitely - though the White House has said it will consider admitting Syrian Christians - and the entire USA refugee programme has been suspended for 120 days.

Incidentally, that's in line with a warning from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that in general, anyone can have their phone checked while at the border.

The US border officials are checking the Facebook profiles of immigrants before allowing them into the country, a media report said.

Lawyer Mana Yegani, based in Houston, revealed that several green card holders who have the right to stay and work in the country were detained at the USA airports.

She said: "These are people that are coming in legally".

She and fellow lawyers worked all night fielding calls from travelers with student and worker visas who were being denied entry into the United States and ordered on flights back to the Muslim-majority countries.

In one incident, a man who holds both Iranian and Canadian citizenship was not allowed to get on a flight in Ottawa, Canada.

Two travellers with dual Canadian and Iranian citizenship from boarding planes in Canada that were headed to the United States, officials said.

As of now, there have been no comments from the White House about the matter.