Joanna Zdanys, Counsel, and Ian Vandewalker, Senior Counsel, submitted a letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in support of a proposed ordinance to strengthen the city's public financing program.
In late 2014, the U.S. government began ramping up the use of social media for immigration vetting. What began as a small cadre of officers manually checking certain applicants’ social media accounts has since expanded dramatically: as of June 2019, the State Department will require the roughly 15 million foreigners who apply for U.S. visas each year to disclose all social media handles and usernames. In fall 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a similar initiative for all other visitors. The timeline below shows the progression of these initiatives and responses from civil society.