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Tuesday, September 26th, 2023

White House announces updated security measures for refugees entering the United States

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President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the implementation of updated security measures for refugees entering the United States, including, but not limited to, increased data collection, improved information sharing between agencies, and new training procedures for screeners.

The changes come at the end of a 120-day “pause” on refugee resettlement, while the United States government conducted a review of the existing United States Refugee Admissions Program application and adjudication process.

“The security of the American people is this administration’s highest priority, and these improved vetting measures are essential for American security,” Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said. “These new, standardized screening measures provide an opportunity for the United States to welcome those in need into our country while ensuring a safer, more secure homeland.”

Agencies including the Departments of State (State) and Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) conducted the review in accordance with section 6(a) of Executive Order 13780.

Following the implements of these new security measures, the administration will resume refugee resettlement processing for all but 11 countries previously identified as posing a higher risk to the United States.

Admissions for applicants from those 11 nations will move forward on a case-by-case basis during an additional 90-day review period. As DHS, State and ODNI complete individual country reviews, they may recommence a standard admissions process for applicants from those countries.