Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has proposed a change in protocol called, "U.S. Customs and Border Protection [1651–0139] Agency Information Collection Activities: Electronic Visa Update System," that would allow CBP to collect information from the private social media accounts of Chinese visitors entering the United States on business and tourism visas. This is yet another attempt to unfairly scrutinize visitors to the U.S. based on race and national origin. Public comments are open until April 24th.
WHAT CAN I DO?
You can also submit comments using the following methods:
- CBP National Customer Service Center: 877–227–5511, (TTY) 1–800–877–8339
- CBP Website
- Email comments to: (CBP_PRA@cbp.dhs.gov). The email should include the OMB Control number in the subject line.
- Mail written comments to CBP PRA Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, 10th Floor, 90 K St NE., Washington, DC 20229–1177.
The comments could address:
- Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility;
- the accuracy of the agency’s estimates of the burden of the collection of information;
- ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;
- ways to minimize the burden including the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and
- the annual cost burden to respondents or record keepers from the collection of information (total capital/startup costs and operations and maintenance costs).
Update: "After days of research, I can find no legal authority for ICE or CBP to require passengers to show identification on an entirely domestic fight."
Read the Proposal
Abstract: The Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) provides a mechanism through which visa information updates can be obtained from certain nonimmigrant aliens in advance of their travel to the United States. This provides CBP access to updated information without requiring aliens to apply for a visa more frequently. The EVUS requirements apply to nonimmigrant aliens who hold a passport issued by an identified country containing a U.S. nonimmigrant visa of a designated category. EVUS enrollment is currently limited to nonimmigrant aliens who hold unrestricted, maximum validity B-1 (business visitor), B-2 (visitor for pleasure), or combination B-1/B-2 visas, which are generally valid for 10 years, contained in a passport issued by the People’s Republic of China. EVUS provides for greater efficiencies in the screening of international travelers by allowing DHS to identify nonimmigrant aliens who may be inadmissible before they depart for the United States, thereby increasing security and reducing traveler delays upon arrival at U.S. ports of entry. EVUS aids DHS in facilitating legitimate travel while also enhancing public safety and national security.