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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

REP. LIEU CALLS FOR HALT TO CONTROVERSIAL DHS RULE

September 29, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke asking her to delay a newly-proposed rule updating the Department’s electronic immigration system until Congress is provided more details.  As a naturalized citizen, Mr. Lieu is alarmed that this broad-stroke policy to collect the social media information of anyone who has immigrated to the United States, regardless of status, could have massive privacy and constitutional implications.

In his letter, Mr. Lieu asks the following questions:

  • Under what authority does DHS collect and retain “social media information”?
  • I am also deeply concerned your rule will apply to U.S. citizens such as myself. I have lived in the United States for over four decades. Am I subject to your program? I believe your proposed rule must not discriminate against U.S. citizens or LPRs.
  • How will “social media information” be used in the adjudication process? What precautionary steps will you take to ensure that an individual’s political views found in the “social media information” do not impact the adjudication of their immigration benefits?

FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE

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