NHMC Joins 34 Civil and Human Rights Groups in Comments Urging the Department of State to Abandon New “Extreme Vetting” Initiatives

On May 18, 2017, NHMC joined 34 civil and human rights groups in submitting comments to the U.S. State Department proposed policy of collecting additional information from immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny.

The comments address how (1) the proposed collection excessively burdens visa applicants as vague and overbroad; (2) the information that is captured will be difficult to interpret and the process will chill free expression; (3) these vetting procedures are likely to be applied disproportionately to Muslim applicants; and (4) based on data from the last 30 years there is no evidence that foreign visitors pose a significant threat to the U.S.

Read the full comments here.