U.S. Republican nominee Donald Trump said in a speech Monday that he would institute “extreme vetting” for refugees to block anyone who would do harm to the country. Trump either isn’t familiar with the federal government’s already existing “extreme vetting” process for refugees or is trying to exploit his audience’s ignorance and fears. According to the State Department, after first being vetted by the United Nations, applicants go though a laborious process that includes fingerprinting, interviews, photographing, and background checks by the National Counterterrorism Center, the Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Defense, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. An article at teleSUR explains:
U.S. Republican nominee Donald Trump said in a speech Monday that he would institute “extreme vetting” for refugees to catch those who seek to do harm, despite the fact the U.S. already requires the few refugees it allows in from countries like Syria to go through a two-year screening process.
“In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test,” Trump said, reading prepared remarks from a teleprompter. “The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. Those who do not believe in our constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country.”
Trump either isn’t familiar with his country’s already existing “extreme vetting” process for refugees or is exploiting his audience’s ignorance. While more than 1 million refugeees arrived in Europe in 2015, the U.S. accepted less than 2,000 Syrians, all of whom were required to go through countless interviews and background checks as part of U.S.’s two-year screening program…
The White House last year published last year a blog with several infographics, which Trump could have easily accessed here before making his comments, showing the lengthy process refugees would have to go through in order to be resettled in the country. “Refugees undergo more rigorous screening than anyone else we allow into the United States,” the blog notes…
Despite the fear mongering, however, “Islamic terror” has been responsible for far less killings in the U.S. than any other source, according to data by New America Foundation released in June.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 28 deadly homegrown terrorist incidents took place in the U.S., with 18 of them carried out by right-wing extremists… Read more here