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October 24th, 2017
The White House announced the U.S. will now allow refugees from any country entry into the United States, but they won’t find it easy like it was under the Obama regime.
Tough new rules in place are intended to more effectively vet applicants, said administration officials.
Refugee admissions had all but been halted in June, with some exceptions. The inflow of refugees is set to resume, but under a much more watchful eye.
More biographical data, such as names of family members and places of employment, will be collected under the new rules, officials said. More will be done to mine social media posts to see, for instance, if refugees’ are consistent with their friends online, compared to the stories they offer when asking for asylum, the officials said.
As well, screening officials with the Department of Homeland Security will be given new training with more stringent guidelines aimed at detecting applicants attempting to slip by through fraudulent means.
While refugee admissions will resume for all countries, officials familiar with the new plan said that people from 11 targeted countries will be more strictly vetted, and that will slow down their entry process.
Advocates for refugees have long pointed to the lengthy process that applicants undergo already and say that the existing vetting process is more than adequate, reports the Wall Street Journal.
“The United States’ refugee vetting procedures—which include extensive and comprehensive interviews as well as multiple rounds of security vetting with an array of U.S. and international intelligence and law enforcement agencies—are widely recognized as the most stringent in the world,” said a statement last month from the advocacy group Human Rights First. The group cited support for the program from national security officials in both political parties.
But in his executive order, President Trump was brutally honest about the dangers presented by refugees.
“Since 2001, hundreds of persons born abroad have been convicted of terrorism-related crimes in the United States,” the order said. “They have included not just persons who came here legally on visas but also individuals who first entered the country as refugees.”
The administration has already announced that it is limiting the number of refugees to be admitted this fiscal year 2018 to 45,000. That is less than half the number President Barack Obama set for fiscal year 2017 and down from the revised 2017 figure set at 50,000 by President Trump. Some in the Trump administration had pushed for the number to be set even lower.
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