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Trump’s Refugee Ban Ends, Tougher Vetting Begins

by Countable | 10.24.17

What’s the story?

President Donald Trump’s four-month ban on refugees entering the country came to an end on Tuesday. Now, the administration will once again begin accepting refugees, though applicants from 11 "high-risk" nations will have to first undergo more stringent vetting procedures.

This "extreme vetting" will include collecting the biographical data, the names of family members, and the employment history of people seeking entry into the country. Officers will also be trained in how to detect fraud.

The list of 11 countries is not yet available, though it is expected to include Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. (Administration officials cited "law enforcement sensitivities" for keeping the list private.)

"The likely result is that few people from those 11 countries will be admitted during that extended period, people familiar with the planning said," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Last month, Trump signed an executive order lowering the number of refugees allowed in the U.S. to 45,000 — the lowest number since Congress passed the Refugee Act in 1980.

Why does it matter?

In June, Trump signed an executive order that halted refugee admissions from all countries, with some exceptions. The President instructed the Department of Homeland Security to use the 120-freeze to develop "extreme vetting" procedures to make sure “radical Islamic terrorists” didn’t use the program to enter the U.S. When signing that order at the Pentagon, Trump said:

"We want to make sure we are not admitting to our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas."

A senior administration official told Fox News that "there will be a general resumption of refugee admissions under this exec order, while that review is ongoing refugee admissions from the 11 countries will be considered on a case by case basis and poses no threat to the welfare of the United States."

Refugees from countries that don’t require "extreme vetting" will be prioritized as their “processing may not be as resource intensive,” according to an executive memo seen by Reuters.

Refugee advocates objected to the new order. Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, called it a "a cynical and tragic manipulation of administrative process" that “conflicts with U.S. values and interests.” Schwartz continued:

"The administration has had more than six months to review this policy" and “they’ve come back in October to reimpose what will largely be seen as another unreasonable ban that primarily affects Muslims.”

The new vetting procedures will go into effect on Wednesday.

What do you think?

Do you think these new procedures will filter out those who pose "no threat to the welfare of the United States"? Or does the “extreme vetting” process “conflict with U.S. values and interests”? Hit Take Action, tell your reps, then tell your fellow citizens below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Heather
    10/25/2017
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    This is reasonable. When you have Americans who are homeless and hungry it doesn’t make much sense to let in an endless number of refugees or immigrants. Good job President Trump. Let’s make America SAFE again.

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  • IamAdlr
    10/25/2017
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    Statistics suggest refugees and immigrants commit less crime than natives. 45’s main goal is to decrease the number of minorities coming into this country. What’s he doing about preventing gun massacres and preventing Americans from becoming involved in radical terrorism? I think the answer is nothing, someone please correct me if I’m wrong.

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  • KansasTamale
    10/25/2017
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    Stop this nonsense NOW. THIS IS JUST A WAY TO KEEP NON-WHITE PEOPLE out of our country to fulfill Trump’s White Supremacist ideals. When are the republicans going to stand up and BE REAL AMERICANS who know the differences in this country make it great. Stand up against this racist agenda.

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  • Jason
    10/25/2017
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    Smart compassion. Most Americans have no problem with refugees, as long as they feel the process is safe and secure. That doesn’t make one racist or xenophobic. American compassion for those in need and increased safety and security for our citizens in on policy! This is a win-win.

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  • Janene
    10/25/2017
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    As long as we have homeless vets, hungry children and reservations that don’t even have electricity, we have a duty to take care of the US citizens who live here first. Vetting, protects our citizenry from people who would or could do the US harm. It also prevents our country from being overrun by people who will not assimilate into our culture. It’s not racist to put the US interests and people first!

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  • Ron
    10/25/2017
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    Well Karen. It wasn’t an illegal who shot up Las Vegas. It wasn’t an illegal that shot these schools. It wasn’t an illegal that shoot up the club in Florida. It wasn’t an illegal that killed people at a college last week. I can go on and on

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  • byron
    10/25/2017
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    Are we doing enough to protect our citizens? Is the vetting strict enough?

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  • Katie
    10/25/2017
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    Refugees need our help the way we treat this disadvantaged group now will effect how we are treated in the future. Extremism is bred in poverty and instability if we want to keep the world safe we must start with refugees

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  • Claude
    10/25/2017
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    Yes we need extreme vetting but it should not be based on religion that is against our constitution

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  • Joshua
    10/25/2017
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    Some people like IamAdlr don't understand that refugees and minorities come in and proportionately commit more violence. Oh and by the way these "natives", which I assume all who were born here, who commit "more" violence outnumber the immigrants almost 35:1.

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  • BlondieEsquire
    10/25/2017
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    This is another racist policy from the racist president. Thank goodness for the judiciary and the ACLU. Congress, let’s not forget that you have the power to stop this. Anytime now would be great. Thx. #impeachment

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  • R. ben
    10/25/2017
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    I will saw that America was founded on immigration and immigrant labor. With that being said, at the time there was enough jobs,money, homes, resources, land, and reliable spouses/people to make us the country we are today. However, now we are broken allowing crime, fear, crap, and other dangerous things run wild in the streets. Soon if not already, we will look more like (Parts of Italy/ Europe) we will like more like Katmandú than a civilized nation. We need to reverse course, and end the madness. Like, follow, and endorse if with me. And let's support our president!

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  • Christopher
    10/25/2017
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    So in six months the new vetting process will make the US a safer place from immigrants? Let’s start the count on how many acts of violence occur from citizens vs. immigrants, including when this Administration involves the US in another foreign war.

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  • Michael777
    10/25/2017
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    Haha! Hey Trump supporters, I thought Trump was going to make "great deals" to keep immigrants out of America, but he failed at that immensely! What's the matter? I thought that there was "going to be so much winning, that you would get tired of it?"

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  • Vanessa
    10/25/2017
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    What have we seen since we’ve welcomed Muslims to our country: Twice the World Trade Center was attacked—the last time utterly & completely; Boston Marathon, woman beheaded in workplace in Midwest, 4 unarmed Marines die in shoot up at Marine recruiting office in Tennessee, Fort Hood, San Bernardino, Orlando, attempted attack at art show in Texas, ISIS claims responsibility for Las Vegas, shoot up at a church in Tennessee. This list is by no means complete, and with increased Muslim immigration it will probably be added to. In addition, Islam is as much a political system as it is a theology. Muslims do NOT assimilate and never will. They are completely antithetical to the US’ way of life. Already Muslim enclaves adopt their Sharia Laws. Converts to Christianity fear for their lives. Muslim girls can’t date or marry whom they choose for fear of honor killings, whose casualties should be added to the above list of Muslim atrocities. Is it worth allowing Muslim immigration? They will never truly become American and will always seek to impose Islam wherever they settle. As a woman, I say no thank you. Please do your duty to protect this country and ban ALL Muslim immigration, including fiance visas.

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  • Christopher
    10/25/2017
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    Good.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    10/26/2017
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    We do need to protect our country by knowing who is coming here. We have many who hate our country and will try to inflict terror on US soil. There is nothing wrong with being careful and especially from countries that are antagonistic towards our country or harbor those kinds of people.

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  • Karen
    10/25/2017
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    Wrong Iamidir, an illegal that was that was deported 5 times forced a 10 year old girl to go with him & he sexually assaulted her. An illegal allowed to stay in this country through Obama’s DACA program broke into a house & sexually assaulted a 5 year old girl.

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  • Sam
    10/25/2017
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    If we don’t want to end up like some European countries that have tripled their crime rate due to the refugees we need some serious extreme vetting. Thanks Mr. President for putting this into place.

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  • Kevin
    10/27/2017
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    Hope those refugees come and find peace in USA. Govt. will do their job sorting bad refugees out. Trust GOD trust refugees and love people.

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