>> US President Donald Trump's repeated attempts to ban travel to the US from several Middle Eastern and African nations have roiled American airports and faced legal challenges in courts. But behind the scenes, State Department cables reviewed by Reuters show an effort to start a program of extreme vetting of foreigners entering the US.
Portions of the orders coming from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have changed as US courts have ruled against implementing various aspects of the administration's attempted travel bans. But some of the directives remain the same. Reuters correspondent, Micah Rosenberg.>> What's still in there is two interesting directives.
One is that all of the consular offices should work to identify populations that warrant extra scrutiny. And then once those populations are identified, they might be subject to extra questioning, and that's one part. The other part is that there should be a mandatory social media check of people who have lived under ISIS control, which is the acronym for the Islamic State.
And that is an extensive process that is done in some narrow cases, but this appears to broaden that check to a wider number of people. Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have called for wider social media screening for those seeking to enter the United States. Advocates and immigration lawyers raising concerns the stricter guidelines could unfairly profile applicants based on nationality and religion, rather than actual threat.
Some former official said expanding social media checks could significantly lengthen processing time. Applicants from a slew of countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia already face potentially months long waits for visas