The US will resume refugee admissions from 11 countries after halting any admissions from those countries last October to conduct a 90-day security review.
Some senior administration officials said Monday that the admissions are set to resume with added security screenings, including more in-depth interviews.
President Trump temporarily halted refugee admissions from 11 “high-risk” countries last October, when he signed an executive order ending his temporary ban on refugee admissions.
Officials did not elaborate on any of the new additional screening measures, but did say that many of the changes will be implemented before June of this year.
US homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday:
“We will be rolling out new security measures for applicants from high-risk countries which will seek to prevent the program from being exploited by terrorists, criminals and fraudsters.”
Meanwhile officials would not confirm which of the 11 countries were subject of the announcement, at the end of 2016, higher-security screening was put in place for Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
No refugees that have been admitted to the US have been implicated in a single major fatal terrorist attack since the Refugee Act of 1980, according to an analysis of terrorism and immigration by the Cato Institute.
The United States already has the most vigorous refugee referral and vetting process, which by the way, can take up to two years and involves background checks with several federal agencies, on top of other interviews & medical checks.