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US to Allow Refugees From all Nations, but With Stricter Regulations

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 October 2017 08:39 AM

In a White House announcement expected later on Tuesday, the Trump administration will allow refugee admissions to the U.S. to resume for all nations but with new regulations designed to better vet applicants, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

The new rules will allow the administration to collect more biographical data on the refugees and their family members, as well as more thoroughly search social media posts to check, for example, if what refugees say is consistent with the stories they detailed in their applications.

In addition, those officials who do the screening at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency will get upgraded training aimed at detecting fraud.

Tuesday marks the end of the 120-day ban of refugee admissions by the Trump administration that went into effect in June, ABC News reported. This was part of the executive orders making up the so-called travel bans designed to prevent potential terrorists from entering the country.

Although the new regulations will allow the resumption of refugee admissions from all countries, a person familiar with the plans said that those from 11 targeted countries will be subject to additional vetting that will significantly delay the process for them.

Refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands often don't have all the proper documents needed for a proper vetting and their home countries are often unwilling or unable to cooperate.

The Trump administration already announced last month it is lowering the cap on refugees admitted to the United States to 45,000 this fiscal year 2018, marking the lowest number since presidents began setting the cap in 1980, NPR reported.

It is also less than half the 110,000 that President Barack Obama had set as a goal for 2017.

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