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Welcome to Oceania. Plans for biometric tracking leaked.

A leaked draft of Trump’s executive order on immigration reveals plans to “Expedite the completion of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all visitors to the U.S. and require in-person interviews for all individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa.”

This, of course, brings to mind dystopian science fiction stories in which populations are closely monitored by the government under the guise of “safety.” Things are getting really bad. Really fast.

Other highlights include:

  • Block refugee admissions from the war-torn country of Syria indefinitely.
  • Suspend refugee admissions from all countries for 120 days. After that period, the U.S. will only accept refugees from countries jointly approved by the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and the Director of National Intelligence.
  • Cap total refugee admissions for fiscal year 2017 at 50,000 ― less than half of the 110,000 proposed by the Obama administration.
  • Ban for 30 days all “immigrant and nonimmigrant” entry of individuals from countries designated in Division O, Title II, Section 203 of the 2016 consolidated appropriations act: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. These countries were targeted last year in restrictions on dual nationals’ and recent travelers’ participation in the visa waiver program.
  • Suspend visa issuance to countries of “particular concern.” After 60 days, DHS, the State Department and DNI are instructed to draft a list of countries that don’t comply with requests for information. Foreign nationals from those countries will be banned from entering the U.S.

The Huffington Post Notes:

The draft order, which is expected to be signed later this week, details the Trump administration’s plans to “collect and make publicly available within 180 days … information regarding the number of foreign-born individuals in the United States who have been radicalized after entry into the United States and engaged in terrorism-related acts.” It also describes plans to collect information about “gender-based violence against women or honor killings” by foreign-born individuals in the U.S.The language is unclear as to whether the names of these individuals, which could include American citizens, would be made public, nor does the document define “radicalized” or “terrorism-related acts,” leaving open the potential to sweep vast numbers of people onto the list. The move is reminiscent of the expansive enemies lists created by former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover last century.

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