House GOP Working on Requiring Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants

— -- The House Judiciary Committee announced Monday work on legislation that would tighten the screening process for visas, including the K-1 fiancé visa used by San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik to enter the United States.

The proposal would require federal officials review "open source information" -- including social media accounts -- of any visa applicants. Work on the legislation was prompted in part by reporting from ABC News on a U.S. policy that blocked review of visa applicants' social media accounts, a committee aide said Monday.

One current and one former senior counter-terrorism official confirmed Cohen's account about the refusal of DHS to change its policy about the public social media posts of all foreign applicants, which prevented review of Malik's purported radicalization on social media online.

The proposed bill, which has not yet been introduced, would also require relevant agencies check the employment and educational history of visa applicants, along with in-person interviews for the applicant and sponsor "at each step in the process," the panel said Monday.