[refugees’] faces” because that “would be un-American.” Instead, after careful review and consideration, an announcement was made that at least 10,000 Syrian refugees would be resettled in the U.S. in 2016. The Administration went on to explain that:
We are going to do the right thing in the right way — protecting the American people even as we provide refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
The Plan for Protecting the U.S. While Taking in Syrian Refugees
So, here’s what the Administration has explained as being the general plan for safely accepting Syrian refugees into the U.S.
- Step 1 – Screening: This involves conducting the highest level background checks on refugees, including stringent security screenings that involve vetting each refugee across a wide range of law enforcement and intelligence databases. Additionally, the Administration noted that “Syrian refugees go through additional forms of security screening” and that “options for further enhancements for screening Syrian refugees” are continually examined (but those details are “classified”).
- Step 2 – Focus on the most vulnerable Syrians: In terms of priority for admissions, those who are “survivors of violence and torture,” as well as “those with severe medical conditions and women and children” are among those considered to be the most vulnerable and, hence, are typically top priorities for protection. All refugees, however, will be admitted “in a manner that is consistent with our national security.”
Summing up the need for this plan – and the support of the American people, the White House concluded that:
The Administration rejects the flawed view that we can’t ensure our own safety while also welcoming refugees desperately seeking their own safety. The truth is: America can and must do both.
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