Federal agents refused to let drivers in Maine and New Hampshire pass until they disclosed their citizenship. The government says checkpoints are vital to curbing unauthorized immigration.
The US State Department is opening the public comment period for a proposal that seeks to inspect social media accounts and other data of visa applicants the government believes may pose a danger.The new vetting, the State Department said, likely will only impact about 0.5 percent of visa applicants per year—roughly 65,000 people. The new vetting being proposed would apply to applicants "who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities," according to a notice in the Federal Register by the State Department.
Big changes for international travelers. Here’s what you need to know.
I'll just carry a paperback book across the border.
Get ready to declare those cigars and your phone's PIN.
While few have noticed, U.S. airport security workers long had the option of using five different types of physical pat-downs at the screening line. Now those options have been eliminated and replaced with a single universal approach. This time, you will notice.
"Your visa says you are a software engineer. Is that correct?" an officer is reported to have asked Mr Omin.He says he was then given a piece of paper and a pen and told to answer these two questions to prove he is actually a software engineer:"Write a function to check if a Binary Search Tree is balanced.""What is an abstract class, and why do you need it?"
For the next few minutes, he was forced to prove his worth — even given a pen and paper to record his answers.“He administered a literal computer science test. It wasn’t a savant-level one like you hear of at Google, but it was definitely a test.“The vibe I got was weird. He asked me a question, then asked me a follow-up question to prove I wasn’t lying.“Do they not allow bad software engineers into the United States?” Thornton joked.
Halfway down the jetbridge on an international flight outbound from Atlanta, there was a new layer of security. Two US Marshals, heavily armed and dressed in dystopian-style black regalia, stood next to an upright machine with a glowing green eye. Every passenger, one by one, was told to step on a mat and look into the green scanner. It was scanning our eyes and matching that scan with the passport, which was also scanned (yet again).
Think of it: there might be no getting out of the country without subjecting yourself to this process. It's a digital Berlin Wall. This is what it means to put “security” ahead of freedom: you get neither.