Representatives from Church World Service, Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church, USA addressed the following letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott urging him to reconsider his decision to withdraw from the U.S. refugee resettlement program.
2016 11 10 Gov Abbot Letter
Security Screening of Refugees Admitted to the United States: a detailed and rigorous process
Resettlement is considered a durable solution for refugees who cannot return to their countries of origin or integrate into the current countries that are hosting them. Resettlement to a country like the United States presents a life-saving alternative for a very small number of refugees around the world (less than one half of one percent). Refugees seeking resettlement in the United States must pass through a series of steps aimed at ensuring they will not pose a security risk to the United States. Biographic and biometric information is examined to help confirm a refugee’s identity. The information is checked against law enforcement, intelligence community, and other relevant databases, including National Counterterrorism Center, Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security databases. A step-by-step overview of this process is detailed below.i
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