Administration Unveils Discriminatory, Unnecessary Refugee Vetting
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First said today that new onerous, unnecessary additions to already stringent refugee vetting procedures unveiled by the Trump Administration are an attempt to dismantle the country’s resettlement program. These new procedures go into effect immediately, including for refugees who have already been approved. These refugees thought they were finally being welcomed to safety in the United States and will instead wait many additional months or years. Many of the new procedures will be extremely difficult for the thousands of vulnerable refugees who have fled war-torn countries, will divert staff resources, and do nothing to enhance U.S. national security. Human Rights First notes that refugees are already the most closely-vetted group of any to enter the United States.