REPORT: US Department of Homeland Security Halts Trips to Interview Refugees Abroad
In an action that basically amounts to completely pausing the country’s refugee program, the United States Department of Homeland Security has placed a halt on trips made by its staff to interview refugees in other countries looking to seek asylum.
This decision was communicated by the agency’s leadership on Wednesday. This would indicate that while he has yet to do it, President Donald Trump will be signing an executive order temporarily stopping America’s refugee program.
It was reported earlier this week that in a draft executive order, the Trump Administration would suspend all refugees from entering the country for 120 days and place an indefinite ban on refugees from war-torn Syria.
The order would also greatly reduce the number of refugees the US would take in once the suspension is lifted, taking that number from 110,000 down to 50,000. On top of that, immigration from several Middle Eastern and African countries would be suspended for at least 30 days while new screening procedures are put in place.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that Trump is scheduled to sign a number of executive orders on Friday. He would not state if any of those would be involving the refugee program and immigration.
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