Anti-privacy and anti-immigration go hand in hand (but YOU can do something about it)

April 20th, 2017|Action of the Day|0 Comments

The Trump administration’s anti-privacy and anti-immigrant policies go hand in hand.

Already border patrol is conducting cellphone searches at the border without warrants. Civil liberties groups are crying foul about the illegality of such searches and the potential for them to target Muslims and activists.

The Department of Homeland Security is considering an even-more invasive update to procedures for travelers entering the United States. These new rules would force some travelers to provide the passwords to their social media accounts if they want to to enter the country. This requirement violates human rights, creates digital security risks, and chills the speech and behavior of people around the world.

The proposal is uniquely dangerous for activists and Muslims — as it could be used to gather information from your phone and deny entrance to the U.S. based on whatever the Trump administration deems unacceptable. It’s also possible that these procedures could be applied to U.S. residents returning home from abroad.


  • Tell DHS Secretary John Kelly to reject this dangerous proposal by signing this petition from
  • Ask Congress to pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act to stop illegal cell phone searches at the border by signing this CREDO petition.
  • Read and share this advisory on DHS and ICE social media monitoring, written by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
  • Support immigrants by signing this petition to ask DHS Secretary Kelly to bring back DREAMer Juan, who was deported on Tuesday, from Mexico and this petition to Trump to allow reinstatement of 110,000 refugees in the U.S.
  • Reject Trump’s Wall by signing this petition to Texas decision makers NOT to build Trump’s Wall through a National Park at Big Bend and this petition to the U.S. Senate not to approve any funding for private prisons or Trump’s Wall.

These petitions and more can be found on our Petitions, Petitions! page, updated daily. Bookmark it for easy access.

Further reading

Canadian woman denied entry to U.S. after Muslim prayers found on her phone,” CBC Radio, February 8, 2017.

Homeland Security now acknowledges deported DREAMer had protected status” USA Today, April 19, 2017.

Trump’s Border Wall – Texas’ Big Bend National Park Is Threatened” National Review, March 22, 2017.

Border agent’s warrantless cellphone searches alarm civil liberties groups” Washington Times, March 26, 2017.

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