Visa holders being denied entry over someone else's messages on the phone

Google creskoff
Sep 2 27 Comments

I am Indian and have some Pakistani and Middle Eastern friends on Facebook (people I know from grad school and previous jobs). Sometimes they post stuff on their walls that let's say typically would not sit well with the current administration and their ideologies. I don't comment on or like those posts and just ignore them.

In order to not get into trouble ('guilt by association' - read Tech Crunch article in below link) the next time I try to enter the country and the immigration officer at the airport goes through my phone, which of the following would you suggest someone in my position do?

Context: https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/02/denied-entry-united-states-whatsapp/?yptr=yahoo

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TOP 27 Comments
  • RingCentral / Finance
    MyLord

    RingCentral Finance

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    KPMG US, PwC
    MyLordmore
    Why don't you stay in India and don't try coming into the US? Problem solved!
    Sep 3 3
    • Roku cruella
      Why are you being obtuse?
      Sep 3
    • Roku cruella
      How do ya know they r CPA?
      Sep 3
    • RingCentral / Finance
      MyLord

      RingCentral Finance

      PRE
      KPMG US, PwC
      MyLordmore
      Google fluke bro, I'm not even in finance. But I'm seeing exodus of us Indians from SV soon.
      Sep 3
  • Google ysNB35
    Burner phone won't help. CBP can ask for your social media account info and in theory could log in to your account from their own device. They might even be suspicious if they thought you carried a burner phone or your claimed not to have a FB account.
    Sep 2 5
    • Roku cruella
      This happened to me.

      I had my regular phone. But I legitimately don't have fb. And they won't believe it.
      Sep 2
    • Amazon jareddun
      They asked to check your phone?
      Sep 3
    • Roku cruella
      I went on vacation to Egypt and had a 1 day stopover in Berlin on way back.

      Being single and going on trip alone they were very suspicious and kept me at border control for a couple hours.
      Sep 3
    • Amazon jareddun
      :o
      Sep 3
    • Roku cruella
      Yep. And I am from India and don't have a name they generally find suspicious.
      Sep 3
  • New QTdN03
    Don’t associate with terrorists? That shouldn’t be too hard...
    Sep 3 2
    • Lyft hulahup
      Oh, the wilfully ignorant just proudly demonstrates his ignorance. Just another day on blind.
      Sep 3
    • New QTdN03
      I’m confused. Are you saying it is difficult to not associate with terrorists? I’m sure the FBI won’t care if you’re friends with some random dude from Pakistan—unless he’s a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer.
      Sep 3
  • Roku cruella
    Almost happened to me. Don't even have social media. And no friends from said countries. Just cuz I visited Egypt. Don't even have one of them names they screen for.
    Sep 2 0
  • Amazon jareddun
    Would making fun of trump count as "anti american"? I don't hate anything or join anti america groups but I quite often comments on those funny news articles about how trump is stupid - like today when he said he doesn't know what a category 5 hurricane is, or when I read regressive policies about lgbtq or women. Would that land me in trouble?
    Sep 3 3
    • Roku cruella
      Should be covered under 1st ammendment. But not being US citizen I dunno if 1st ammendment applies to us foreigners.
      Sep 3
    • Amazon jareddun
      :(
      Sep 3
    • Apple chuck777
      Not in the port of entry since you haven’t entered US. Citizens however can refuse, but they can’t hold them indefinitely.
      Sep 3
  • Glassdoor aklz
    lol
    Sep 2 0
  • New / Product shitz
    You can unfollow people without unfriending them
    Sep 2 2
    • Google creskoff
      OP
      But that could still get me in trouble if the officer goes to one of said friends' profile and sees things he doesn't like and decides I am guilty by association.
      Sep 2
    • New / Product shitz
      Would have to go to profile and through your friend list alphabetically. If it matters that much either uninstall the app or have multiple profiles
      Sep 2
  • Workday / Product tdf
    Factory reset your phone just before touchdown ?
    Sep 2 1
    • VMware genius1
      lol unless you want to install all the apps again in the secondary room i do not suggest this approach. it doesn’t take a genius to realize your phone was factory reset.
      Sep 2
  • New Gned33
    If you uninstall your social media apps you will be accused of hiding something if they go through your phone.

    Regardless the effort would be in vain. Customs and Border Protection is just going to look you up on Facebook from their own computer and see the vitriol against the USA that your friends post.

    Unfriend them.
    Sep 4 0
  • Intel D’s🥜
    Don’t go the burner route or “not having any social media”

    Of all the 1000’s of people that travel through a CBP officer, 90%+ probably have social media. You are an outlier to NOT have accounts. Being an outlier raises suspicion. Appear normal, appear indifferent, have the accounts. Decrease your social media presence by pruning your friends list, especially if you haven’t talked to them in some time.
    Sep 3 0
  • Google ysNB35
    I suppose you could go though your FB feed and hide all the posts you are worried about, but I don't know if there is a way for them to unhide the posts or just look at what posts your friends made regardless of whether they are in your feed. You may have no choice but to unfriend folks you are concerned about. Sorry for you.
    Sep 2 0