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US to resume entry of refugees

News Agencies | Updated on: 25 October 2017, 8:33 IST
US to resume entry of refugees

The United States is likely to resume the entry of refugees into the country, but through a more stringent screening and vetting procedure.

Under the latest order, the administration has called for 90 days of review period for refugees from 11 countries believed to pose a higher risk to national security.

As the 120-day suspension of U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) ended on Tuesday, an official statement by the White House said that the administration "may resume that program, and that they will apply special measures to certain categories of refugees whose entry continues to pose potential threats to the security and welfare of the United States."

In addition, the government officials, within 180 days of the date of the order, will have to submit a report to the President regarding the effects of refugee resettlement on the national security, public safety, and general welfare of the country.

Notably, the Department of Homeland recommended more targeted restrictions on foreign nationals from countries it says have refused to share information with the U.S. or haven't taken necessary security precautions.

The latest policies on U.S. refugees come in addition to Trump's revised travel ban that restricts people from eight countries - North Korea, Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia- to enter United States.

The revised ban came into effect on October 18.


First published: 25 October 2017, 8:33 IST