Trump signs executive order resuming refugee admission with heightened vetting procedures

Trump signs executive order resuming refugee admission with heightened vetting procedures

[JURIST] US President Donald Trump signed an executive order [text] Tuesday resuming the admissions of refugees into the US but introducing heightened vetting procedures.

The order states that the prior executive order [JURIST news archive] barring refugee admissions from a number of Islamic nations is no longer in effect and “the Secretary of State may resume travel of qualified and appropriately vetted refugees into the United States, and the Secretary of Homeland Security may resume adjudicating applications for refugee resettlement.” The order also notes that during the 120-day review period of the initial order, the Secretary of State and Department of Homeland Security [official websites] have concluded that the barring of refugees from the aforementioned nations was no necessary “to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people.”

Under this order, a new 90-day review period has been initiated. During that time, the Secretary of State and the Department of Homeland Security will continue to monitor the refugee admissions process to determine if the renewed acceptance of refugees poses a threat to national security. During this period, refugees from 11 unidentified nations will be permitted only on a case-by-case basis should immigration officials determine that those individuals do not pose a threat to the nation.