(NEW YORK) – Comptroller Scott M. Stringer today released a letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expressing his deep concerns about a new agency rule that would allow the government to retain “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information and search results” of all immigrants in the United States, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens. The letter from Comptroller Stringer was sent as part of DHS’s comment period on the new regulation.

“This new regulation is exceptionally un-American and unbelievably alarming to communities across New York. By moving forward with this rule, Washington’s ludicrous attempts at an ‘America First’ approach results in shredding the very values that made our country great in the first place. Let’s be very clear. This new rule won’t make America safer. It’s part of a litany of xenophobic policies that are designed to target immigrants, spread fear, undermine basic privacy, and erode American values,” Comptroller Stringer said.

“New Yorkers are deeply and rightly concerned, because this rule could effectively allow for digital intrusion of extraordinary scope. But I want communities across the five boroughs to know that we’re going to continue speaking out, fighting for right over wrong, and protecting their rights.” Comptroller Stringer said.

The comment letter filed with the Department of Homeland Security can be found here.