DHS Facilitates Screening of Refugee Spouses and Children to Save Time
Biden’s Homeland Security Department has abandoned another Trump-era security policy dedicated to screening new refugees hoping to relocate to the United States. Measure abandoned by Biden administration mandated interviews for spouses and children of refugees who wish to immigrate to the United States
The Administration said the maintenance requirement for spouses and children was too much of a time burden for the possible benefit of the process. Further, DHS said the requirement “was” inconsistent “with President Biden’s executive orders calling for a more inclusive immigration system,” the Washington Times reports.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Service said the agency could still conduct interviews on a case-by-case basis, but added only when “it was necessary to do so.” The agency said:
[The interview requirement] imposed significant burdens on refugee and asylum populations, as well as operational challenges for USCIS and the State Department, with no clear benefits to justify these burdens… USCIS can perform robust fraud and security checks and maintain strong program integrity without this general maintenance policy.
According to the Washington Times, the new rule change will apply to refugees and asylum seekers. While the actual refugee or asylum will still be interviewed, spouses and children under the age of 21 will no longer be required to have an interview.
Robert Law, who serves as director of regulatory affairs and policy for the Center for Immigration Studies, said of the policy:
It was something that was completely driven by the need to properly screen and vet people and make sure there was no relationship fraud or national security issues. By forgoing these interviews, it will do nothing to reduce the backlog, and it will certainly do nothing to bring integrity to decisions.
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