A series of measures are being implemented by the United State at the Federal agency level to help ensure an improved refugee asylum screening process to address national security standards in lieu of past attacks on our soil. The State Department is claiming the new measures are needed to keep “nefarious and fraudulent actors” from taking advantage of the last administration’s more accessible refugee process for entering the country. The tougher measures come after a 120-day refugee resettlement pause, established by the Federal government in order to conduct a thorough review of the previous administration’s program.
“The security of the American people is this administration’s highest priority, and these improved vetting measures are essential for American security,” said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke in an Oct. 24, 2017 press release. “These new, standardized screening measures provide an opportunity for the United States to welcome those in need into our country, while ensuring a safer, more secure homeland.”