Conservatives expressing concern about the admission of Syrian refugees into the United States either don’t know or fail to mention that refugees already undergo an extremely difficult process to gain entry and that there are much easier ways for potential terrorists to enter the country.
Syrian refugees must complete a 21-step vetting program in order to qualify for entering the country, according to the Center for American Progress (CAP). The ordeal takes a year-and-a-half to two years to complete.
“The process is the most intensive of any check conducted for people seeking admission to the United States,” CAP’s Tom Jawetz and Ken Gude wrote. “It is specially designed to mitigate any threats and helps ensure Americans are not placed in harm’s way.”
Applicants are first screened by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees before undergoing multiple biographic checks by U.S. agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and the National Counterterrorism Center. After that their case is reviewed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration before they receive final approval to live in the U.S.
“If at any stage in that process there is ever the slightest shadow of a doubt or the slightest whisper of suspicion, they are removed from the process. That is that,” Christopher Boian, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, told CNN.
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