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The Department Of Homeland Security Is Going To Follow You On Social Media

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The Department of Homeland Security wants to know your social media handles if you are traveling to the United States.

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The Department of Homeland Security is trying to introduce a section for social media handles on the form required by foreign travelers to enter the country. According to CNN Money, the proposed social media question was originally supposed to be an optional part, but a leaked document is proving otherwise. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol claim that the move to include social media identifiers to the form is a matter of national security.

“Collecting social media identifiers may help detect potential threats because experience has shown that criminals and terrorists, whether intentionally or not, have provided previously unavailable information via social media that identified their true intentions,” a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesperson told CNN Money.

The digital rights activist organization Access Now leaked the document and people are feeling like:

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Miami Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Killed In Boating Accident

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Miami Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Killed In Boating Accident

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The sports world is in shock today after the tragic death of Jose Fernandez, a pitcher for the Miami Marlins. The Cuban pelotero and two of his friends were killed in a boating accident in Miami. He was 24.

Fernandez and two other men were found dead early Sunday morning after their boat was found crashed near Miami Beach. No evidence of alcohol or drug use was present.

Lorenzo Veloz, a spokesperson with the Florida Wildlife Commission, described Fernandez’s death as a “tragic loss”:


The news is even more tragic when you consider that just five days ago, Fernandez shared a picture of his pregnant girlfriend:

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“I’m so glad you came into my life. I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst,” wrote Fernandez on Instagram.


Fernandez, who was born in Cuba, tried to defect to the U.S. three times before making it on his fourth try — at age 15.

He became a U.S. citizen in 2015. “A lot of people have died to defend this country to have it the way it is. It’s an honor that I can be a citizen,” said Fernandez to Fox Sports.

The Marlins, who canceled their scheduled game versus the Atlanta Braves, released this statement:


Several MLB players took to Twitter to share their condolences, including David “Big Papi” Ortiz:

“I don’t have words to describe the pain that I feel from the loss of Jose. Goodbye friend,” wrote Ortiz.


And many fans, recalling Fernandez’s youthful enthusiasm on the field, chose to share some of his signature moments on social media:

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