Trump May Make It Impossible For International Touring Bands To Enter The U.S In The Future
If you live in the U.S, the days of seeing your favorite Australian, Japanese or English band on tour in your closest city may soon be over as a result of President Trump’s new extreme vetting process.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Trump’s administration’s “extreme vetting” process will result in everyone who wants to enter the country (for even the smallest amount of time) to be subject to phone and contact searches and be forced to give up passwords to social media accounts and searches of financial records.
The process will also require those involved to partake in a question session about ideology, religion and more.
“The administration also wants to subject more visa applicants to intense security reviews and have embassies spend more time interviewing each applicant. The changes could apply to people from all over the world, including allies like France and Germany.”
Security officials have noted that the agency is planning to largely increase their demands for information from all new visa applicants – including visitors, refugees and others seeking to immigrate.
“The changes might even apply to visitors from the 38 countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program, which requires adherence to strict U.S. standards in data sharing, passport control and other factors,” one senior official noted.
“That includes some of the U.S.’s closest allies, such as the U.K., Japan and Australia.”
The impact has already started to take place – already causing one band by the name of Wormrot to cancel their U.S tour recently.
The band released the following statement:
“Due to the current political climate and numerous bands being turned away at US customs, we felt it was not worth the risk coming to America without the right paperwork, which is expensive. Therefore we truly apologize that we must postpone our US tour until next year when we can focus on a full length tour with all the right papers.”
“We regret that we came to a decision this late, one month to the start of the tour. Once again, we apologize to everyone who are affected.”