Two pages pertaining to “myths and facts” about refugees, once prominent on the Obama administration’s web page, have been removed from the State Department website.
President Trump issued an executive order banning Syrian refugees from entering the country on Friday, as well as placing a temporary hold on refugees from certain “terror-prone” Middle Eastern countries until a workable vetting process can be initiated.
The White House has been reviewing website pages created during the Obama administration and updating them as part of the transition process.
One of the pages removed on Friday was titled “Myths and Facts on Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Assistance,” and the other was titled “Myths and Facts: Resettling Syrian Refugees.”
Both of the pages included information on how the U.S. takes in refugees and its work on the refugee crisis.
One page read, “MYTH: The United States government brings refugees here without screening:”
“FACT: All refugees of all nationalities considered for admission to the United States are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to our country, involving multiple federal intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies, such as the National Counterterrorism Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Departments of Homeland Security, State and Defense, in order to ensure that those admitted are not known to pose a threat to our country. The safeguards include biometric (fingerprint) and biographic checks, and an interview by specially trained DHS officers who scrutinize the applicant’s explanation of individual circumstances to ensure the applicant is a bona fide refugee. Mindful of the particular conditions of the Syria crisis, Syrian refugees go through an enhanced level of review.”
— Mike Carney (@carneymike) January 28, 2017
H/T: The Hill
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