Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump has allowed the resumption of the refugee admission programme under new, stricter screening rules but ordered nationals from 11 countries believed to pose higher risk to face even tougher scrutiny.The US has not identified the 11 countries, but said refugee applications from those nations will be judged case- by-case. They would be allowed to enter the US only after it is determined that it is in national interest.The announcement of the new measures come at the end of a 120-day “pause” on refugee resettlement, during which the government conducted a thorough review of the existing programme.
The new measures are part of the administration’s effort to raise national security standards for all persons traveling to the US, and they are designed to intensify screening in order to keep nefarious and fraudulent actors from exploiting the refugee process to enter the country, said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke.As a result of the review, the US government is implementing programme enhancements to raise the bar for vetting and screening procedures, including but not limited to: increased data collection to more thoroughly investigate applicants, better information sharing between agencies to identify threat actors and new training procedures to strengthen screener ability to detect fraud and deception.
In a fact sheet, the State Department said an inter- agency process concluded that additional in-depth review is needed with respect to refugees of 11 nationalities previously identified as potentially posing a higher risk to the US.For family members who are “following-to-join” refugees that have already been resettled in the US, additional security measures must also be implemented for all nationalities.Despite the new policy, the US will continue to resettle more refugees than any other country in the world, and will continue to offer protection to the most vulnerable refugees while upholding the safety and security of the American people, the State Department said.
The US remains the world’s leader in humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced persons, providing more than USD 8 billion in fiscal 2017, it said.”Refugees who come to the US already face a rigorous and thorough vetting process that often takes years to complete.Shutting the door to these individuals does not make our nation stronger or more secure. In fact, it diminishes our standing on the world stage and robs the US of its moral leadership,” he said.