Refugees Already Undergo “Extreme Vetting”, Two-Year Process to Seek U.S. Asylum

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President Trump signed the “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” executive order on January 27, 2017, which will put in place more “extreme vetting” for refugees seeking asylum in the United States. Additionally, the admission of refugees has been halted for 120 days, with Syrian refugee resettlement stopped indefinitely. However, the vetting system that is already in place is already rigorous; it is comprised of 21 steps and takes anywhere between 18 to 24 months to complete prior to a refugee making their way to the United States. In fact, as this infographic from ThinkProgress shows, it is easier to buy a gun than it is to enter the United States as a refugee:

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Sara Roncero-Menendez is the Online Editor for Long Island Wins. Prior to joining the Long Island Wins team, she graduate from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and worked as a reporter for publications like Mashable, The Huffington Post, and PSFK. She became involved in immigration issues and advocacy while working towards her Masters degree at The University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. After joining the Graduate Employee Organization Local 6300, she worked on helping international and undocumented students work with the administration to get fair financial aid and fellowship opportunities. Sara also works on issues of representation in mass media, including film and television, and works on media reviews and podcast.

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