By law when changes to federal policy are formally proposed by the federal government a procedure is followed ensuring the public has the opportunity to weigh in on the policy changes. As a result of the President’s Executive Order banning refugees and Muslims from our country the changes to the enhanced interrogation and vetting techniques for refugees have been posted for public comment.

Despite the well-known fact that refugees are already the most vetted and background checked group of entrants into the U.S. and the chance of a being killed by a refugee terrorist in the US is one in 3.64 billion (The chances a person will be killed by an asteroid are 1 in 200,000.) and 79 percent of murders reported to the FBI are committed by friends, loved ones, or acquaintances this administration still wants to enhance the interrogation methods for those fleeing persecution by asking for:

  • Travel history during the last fifteen years, including source of funding for travel;
  • Address history during the last fifteen years;
  • Employment history during the last fifteen years;
  • All passport numbers and country of issuance held by the applicant;
  • Names and dates of birth for all siblings;
  • Name and dates of birth for all children;
  • Names and dates of birth for all current and former spouses, or civil or domestic partners;
  • Social media platforms and identifiers, also known as handles, used during the last five years; and
  • Phone numbers and email addresses used during the last five years

You have fled your home, and your country, likely on foot and on very short notice. You did not have the chance to “pack” nor possibly did you have anything to “pack”. You cannot return because you and your family will be killed, very likely by your own “government” and likely you did have members of your family killed in this process. Yet the U.S. is making sure they have your facebook log in and password.

Please take a moment before Thursday May 18, 2017 to respond to these absurd, inhumane, enhanced interrogation techniques designed to ensure America is no longer a welcoming country.

Please either post directly here or email both PRA_BurdenComments@state.gov and oira_submission@omb.eop.gov and you must include the subject line of “Emergency Submission Comment on “Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants. Form Number: DS-5535” with the following statement or a personal version of it.

Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State David T. Donahue,

I am making the following public comment in response to the posted Notice of Information Collection Under OMB Emergency Review: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants.

I am very concerned about these enhanced interrogation techniques being proposed by the administration to place further burden upon refugees and others fleeing persecution.

Applicants will be required to provide all social media handles they have used in the past five years. This will likely ensnare U.S. citizens and residents mentioned in social media posts collected through this program, making them potential targets of government surveillance as well. If an applicant is unable to provide this information, their visa application may get rejected.

Please do not increase, augment, or otherwise enhance the already time consuming and burdensome vetting and interrogation techniques used to limit, slow, or otherwise block refugee arrivals.

I support refugee resettlement in the U.S. I am strongly opposed to the Executive Order slashing refugee admissions, bringing all resettlement to a halt, and stopping resettling refugees from certain countries. This discrimination flies in the face of core American values and this country’s founding principles. It does not reflect the welcome for refugees I see in my community every day.

Thank You,

Your Name
123 Main Street
Atlanta, GA 31234

(Remember to change Your Name and address to your name and address.)

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