US border agents are checking people’s Facebook pages for their political views before allowing them into the country, an immigration lawyer has claimed.
Ms Yegani, who works with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (Alia), said she and her fellow lawyers had worked through the night fielding calls from people with legitimate visa being detained before entering the US or ordered back on flights to the Muslim-majority countries on the list.
In one alleged incident a Sudanese PhD student at Stanford University in California, who has lived in the US for 22 years, was held for five hours in New York and in another a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen was not allowed to board a flight in Ottawa.
The Alia said border agents were checking the social media accounts of those detained and were interrogating them about their political beliefs before allowing them into the US.
She said: “These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here.
“Just because Trump signed something at 6pm yesterday, things are coming to a crashing halt. It’s scary.”
The move has been condemned by the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration who said: “The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the US resettlement program is one of the most important in the world.”