Over the last two weeks, DOS Secretary Rex Tillerson issued four cables that offer insight into how the government is implementing President Trump’s so-called “extreme vetting” measures for non-citizens entering the United States. Among other things, one cable contains guidance for implementing Section 2 of the March 6, 2017, Presidential Memorandum regarding protocols and procedures for enhanced screening and vetting of visa applications. That same cable also directs working groups to identify “populations warranting increased scrutiny,” and orders a “mandatory social media check” for all applicants who have ever been present in territory controlled by the Islamic State (ISIS).
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Touting national security concerns, President Trump has been swiftly implementing burdensome, ineffective, and unnecessary policies through executive actions and memoranda, including implementing several travel bans on…