Obama plans to reduce screening period for refugees from 2 years to 3 months

Obama plans to reduce screening period for refugees from 2 years to 3 months
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The Obama administration wants to cut the time refugees must wait for security clearance from the current 18-24 months down to 12 weeks, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

This is part of the broader plan to speed up the process of allowing some 10,000 refugees into the United State this year and eventually some 85,000.

The paper cites and unknown source for its information but then does quote Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) objecting to the proposal:

“We know the 18- to 24-month vetting process for Syrian refugees has severe vulnerabilities after FBI Director James Comey warned about the federal government’s inability to thoroughly screen Syrian refugee applicants for terrorism risk and after the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative arm warned about ISIS’s capability to print fake Syrian passports for terrorist infiltration.”

The overarching fear of people such as Kirk is that a screening system, which already has vulnerabilities, will catch fewer high-risk individuals who could one day launch terror attacks on American soil.

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