President Trump on Tuesday allowed the resumption of refugee admissions into the US under new, stricter screening rules but ordered nationals from 11 countries believed to pose higher risk to US national security to face even tougher scrutiny. Officials refused to identify the 11 countries, but said refugee applications from those nations will be judged case-by-case. Trump issued his new order on refugee screening as the administration's four-month ban on refugee admissions expired. It directs federal agencies to resume refugee processing, which he clamped down on shortly after taking office, the AP reports.
The new "enhanced vetting" procedures for all refugees include such measures as collecting additional biographical and other information to better determine whether refugees are being truthful about their status; stationing fraud detection officers at certain locations overseas; and training screeners to weed out fraud and deception. Jennifer Sime, senior vice president of US programs for the International Rescue Committee aid group, said she was concerned the new screening procedures would add months or even years to the most urgent refugee cases. In a separate action Tuesday, the US Supreme Court dismissed a case about the refugee ban, wiping away a lower court ruling.
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