U. S. Hasn't Slice Refugee Screening to three Months -- But It Could

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 11:36 PM

Fortunately, as we well-known this week, the administration started sending many more refugee officers to Jordan to finish interviewing its 10.000 applicants in time.

U. S. Hasn't Slice Refugee Screening to three Months -- But It Could

America covered just thirteen % of its two thousand sixteen Syrian refugee goal halfway through the monetary year. Fortunately, as we well-known this week, the administration started sending many more refugee officers to Jordan to finish interviewing its 10.000 applicants in time. This week, the Associated Press reported that this interview surge, which began on February fourteen, has already resulted in one family being sent to the United States and will reduce processing times to three months.

Although it's a welcome prospect, other outlets have reported the promise of lower processing times as if they've already been cut. This isn't true.

Get the family who was reportedly brought over "below the surge." The Associated Press legend leaves the unintended impression that the family was cleared in less than two months. Taghreed Risheq, a Jordanian journalist who attended the same press conference as the Associated Press, told us through email that the family was actually in the U. S. pipeline for fourteen months. They were interviewed below the surge toward the finish of the process.

The fact is that many, if not most, of the refugees being interviewed below the surge had many of their refugee security checks done before the interview stage. The interview enters halfway through the process, not at the beginning.

Whether this surge can slice the absolute minimum refugee processing time from a worldwide average of eighteen to twenty-four months to three remains to be seen. Until it actually happens, it shouldn't simply be taken for granted that it'll happen. It should be deemed another promise until completed. After all, the administration promised 85.000 refugees would be admitted this year--something that it's also not on pace to meet.

The reduction in security processing delays shouldn't be confused with a reduction in security. The surge in interviews won't shortcut the refugee screening process. All security checks still should be completed, but rather than forcing the refugees to wait in Jordan for months to be interviewed, they'll be interviewed nearly immediately by the hundreds of new refugee officers in Jordan.

Representing 10.000 Syrians as unprecedented is also inaccurate. In Iraq, the United States admitted nearly 20.000 refugees in both two thousand thirteen and two thousand fourteen, proving that the United States has the skill to process large numbers of refugees in a year. Even then, however, it took years to move the refugees into the pipeline.

Is it possible that the administration could slice the refugee processing times to three months? It'south virtually impossible that the average time could ever be slice so low, given that certain candidates will always be caught up in security processing. For example, any candidate who ever lived in the Islamic State territory will be subject to additional scrutiny below the material support for terrorism statute, which is wide sufficient to comprise "taxes" (i. e. extortion) paid to ISIS.

The absolute minimum pre-surge delay was nine months. It's possible that the United States could interview so many candidates--the current rate, according to the Associated Press report, is six hundred per day in Jordan--that it's such a large pool that it finds cases with easier stories to verify. Most of these candidates, however, will have to wait until following year for an opportunity to resettle in the United States.

As we well-known this week, one recent modify that'll assistance some candidates move quickly is the extension of Priority-2 refugee processing to Syrians. The P2 program allows Syrians who have been sponsored for a green card by a family member in the United States but are stuck in the visa backlog, to apply directly for refugee status in the United States without waiting for a United Nations referral.

By virtue of their relationship to U. S. citizens, these cases are easier to adjudicate--we know who they're with DNA-level certainty. Since they're already eligible to eventually be admitted to the country, they allow a pool of easier refugee applications to adjudicate. It also helps that many Syrians in this category are religious minorities subject to genocide in Syria.

Latest year, the Canadians showed that rapid refugee processing is possible, resettling more than 25.000 refugees in a three mo period. Clearly, it can be done.

The two most necessary points are these: a possible reduction in delays in that process remains a promise, not a reality, and the security process for refugees will stay the same. There is simply number security gained by creating long waits for refugees. We should admit refugees as quickly as checks can be completed and obtain these most assailable victims of violence and persecution to safety.

Cross-posted from NiskanenCenter. org

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