It’s  official: The Trump Administration has approved new vetting rules for those applying for visas to come to the US and they did so by requesting emergency approval, thereby short-circuiting the full notice and comment period process of the Federal Registry posting. What sort of information may people be asked to give, you ask? “All prior passport numbers, five years' worth of social media handles, email addresses and phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information including addresses, employment and travel history.” When President Trump first introduced “extreme vetting” back in January, he said the aim was to only admit into the US those who “love deeply our people.” Problem is, even if the new visa application includes a drawing space where applicants can illustrate how deeply they love us, it is not likely we will have enough staff to review these great drawings given the current backlog, even before the addition of these new arduous requirements. Among the many problems,  there are concerns that students and scientists and scholars will be discouraged from coming to the US because of this vetting, but who cares about people who can help us become a better country. All we need is love.
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