In the News / March 2016

In light of Trudeau’s visit, USCRI discusses refugee vetting with Voice of America

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Washington, DC today to meet with President Obama.  While the meeting will focus on trade and climate change, “the refugee issue is likely to come up.”  President Obama has proposed resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees in Fiscal Year 2016, while Canada has committed to resettling 25,000 Syrians.

Resettlement in the U.S. has been met with opposition by certain presidential candidates claiming that the U.S. cannot properly vet refugees.  Lavinia Limón, President and CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, spoke with Voice of America to set the record straight.  “Refugees are the most vetted people of anyone who is admitted to the United States,” she said.  “The Paris bombers were Belgian and French citizens.  They could take part in a visa waiver program which means they could just buy an airplane ticket.”  Read more here.

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