NHMC joined 43 other human rights groups, civil liberties organizations, and trade associations in asking the Department of Homeland Security to reject any proposal requiring a person’s digital log-in credentials as a condition for entering the United States. A March 10 letter from the various organizations was written to DSH Secretary John Kelly in response to his hearing statement last month that he would consider such a proposal. The letter also expressed concern that Customs and Border Protection officials have been demanding access to devices and social media from refugees, visa holders, lawful permanent residents, and U.S. citizens.
In the letter, the groups argue that such a review jeopardizes U.S. security, prove ineffective in its intended goals, compromise professional confidential relationships, invades personal privacy, and unfairly target certain communities. The letter also includes a request for a meeting between the signatories and Secretary Kelly’s staff to discuss the concerns in further detail.