Obama’s refugee screening default

One hot-button issue in the first presidential debate will be the Syrian and other refugees who are allowed into the country. The vetting process of asylum seekers for resettlement in the United States usually takes between 18 and 24 months.  But to meet President Obama’s goal of bringing in “at least 10,000” more Syrian refugees by the end of 2016, the process was cut to 3 months.  And on August 29, White House spokesman Josh Earnest announced “this goal that was met a month ahead of schedule.”  Following harsh criticism by the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that radical Muslims are allowed into the country, and statements by intelligence and law enforcement officials agencies that it is difficult and sometimes impossible to verify the information provided by the Syrian applicants, the White House defended Obama’s decision, saying the administration succeeded in...(Read Full Post)