US Travel ban on refugees from 11 nations has now been ended but the scrutiny has been toughened when compared to the past. US Homeland Security Department has said that applicants from the 11 nations will now face stringent assessments based on risks. Though these nations have not been named, it is understood to refer to 10 nations that are Muslim majority plus North Korea.
Kirstjen Nielsen the US Homeland Security Secretary has said that it is crucial to be aware of those who are arriving in the US. The additional measures for security will make it tough for undesirable elements to misuse the US refugee program. This will also ensure that enhanced risk-based strategy is taken to protect the homeland, added Nielsen.
The refugee groups have said that the 11 nations include Yemen, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, North Korea, Mali, Libya, Iraq, Iran, and Egypt. A senior official of the US administration said that the policy of enhanced assessment for security is not based on religion. It is also not targeting the Muslims, he added on grounds of anonymity.
Donald Trump has taken a stringent approach to migrants and refugees from across the world ever since he became the US President 1 year back. The arrivals of refugees for 2018 could be lowered crucially owing to the pending applications arising from 4 months halt. It will also be due to slow processing times owing to a stringent review of applications.
The DHS did not elaborate on the stringent section measures for the 11 nation applicants for US Travel. Nevertheless, all applicants are being asked to provide detailed records for past and proof of past activities. Many may also have to offer access to social media accounts and personal electronics.
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