The Trump administration has already drafted a proposal that could significantly reduce the number of refugees admitted into the United States, according to a report from Reuters Friday evening.
The new measure would put a pause on a program which allows refugees to sponsor additional family members to join them in the U.S. until they can go through increased security checks, the report stated.
Also included in the proposal is a plan to equally apply intensive security checks to women from countries determined to be a high-risk for terror. The mandatory “security advisory opinions” (SAO) currently only apply for men for those high-risk countries.
Additionally, the Trump administration is considering increasing the categories of refugees to be fingerprinted.
President Trump has long maintained that better, extreme vetting is needed regarding refugees and immigrants being admitted into the country, in order to prevent terror attacks, and has reduced the maximum number of refugees allowed in the U.S. in 2017 to 50,000, down from the 110,000 limit set by Obama. Additionally, Trump has reduced the number to 45,000 for 2018.
Tuesday a federal judge in Hawaii blocked Trump’s latest travel ban, which attempted to limit people from several terror-linked countries from entering into the United States.
Reuters reported: “The administration could pause the visa issuing process for “following-to-join” spouses and children of refugees who have already made it to the United States, known as V93 cases, the sources said.”
Hans Van de Weerd, the Vice President of U.S. Programs at the International Rescue Committee. called the extreme vetting measures being considered “disturbing,” and said it amounts “to a desertion of victims of war and heinous persecution.”
Another former Obama official complained:
“When you put in additional security checks you can basically halt the system,” said Robert Carey, the former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement under former President Barack Obama, a Democrat.
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