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Trump Administration Considers Far-Reaching Steps for ‘Extreme Vetting’

Big Brother is getting bigger. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, visitors from other countries visiting the U.S. could be forced to reveal their mobile phone contacts, social media passwords and financial data. Travelers who want to enter the U.S. could even face questioning over their ideology.

You can read the article at although a Wall Street Journal subscription is required.

Comment: I am in the middle of a three-nation combined work and pleasure trip today. I have been to Iceland and Denmark in the past week and will travel to England later today. Everywhere I go, I am asked about the Trump administration as soon as anyone learns that I am an American. I have been impressed at how many of these people then state they will never travel to the USA again as long as today’s extreme measures are in effect.

On the non-stop flight from Orlando to Reykjavik, the Icelandic citizen seated next to me told how he and his wife have spent their springtime vacations in Orlando every year for the past ten years. He then told me the two of them do not plan to ever go to the U.S. again unless the political climate changes. In fact, they would not have traveled to the U.S. this year but they had made non-cancelable reservations before Trump was elected. The Icelandic man and his wife are already planning next year’s vacation to Disneyland Paris.

I suspect many others are also making plans to vacation elsewhere.

Categories: Current Affairs, Legal Affairs

1 reply

  1. We live overseas, have to go back to the US this summer to tie up some business details. I’m dreading it. Hopefully this will be our last trip to the US.

    People in my European country have always been fans of the US. Many of them emigrate there or have lived and worked there in the past. Now they think the place has gone crazy and are avoiding it. Why go to the US as an unwelcome tourist when you can go to Canada, home of the nicest people on the planet? Why move to the immigrant-hostile US when you can go to Australia or any of the 27 EU countries?

    The US is losing out economically in so many, many ways. It’s become a laughingstock all over the globe.


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