US looking at ways to better screen would-be immigrants

US looking at ways to better screen would-be immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is reviewing procedures for vetting would-be immigrants and its policies on accessing social media.

The Homeland Security Department says it is reviewing policies on looking at social media posts to vet would-be immigrants applying for certain visas.

Certain DHS officials are now allowed to look at such posts as part of law enforcement investigations. The possible policy changes are for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the DHS agency in charge of managing immigration benefits cases and interviewing green card applicants.

After the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Facebook discovered a post pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group leader on a profile maintained by one of the shooters, Tashfeen Malik (tahsh-FEEN’ mah-LEEK’).

Malik came to the United States on a fiance visa in 2014.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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