ACLU Comment on Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants
The ACLU submitted this comment in response to the Department of State’s Notice of Information Collection Under OMB Emergency Review: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants. Without even meeting the standards for an emergency justification, these proposed questions reach deep into the histories of visa applicants without any parameters or guidance regarding when, how, and to whom these questions will apply, creating an environment ripe for profiling and discrimination. The Department states no plan for the use, storage, or retention of this information and disregards the privacy and free speech rights of millions of U.S. citizens and residents. We oppose the proposed questions in this notice and urge the Department to abandon them in their entirety.