(WTVM) - Governors from more than half of U.S. states have asked President Obama to stop letting Syrian refugees immigrate to the U.S. citing the need for more secure immigration measures.
We looked into the current process of allowing refugees into the country to find out how secure and complex it is.
Refugees seeking re-settlement in the United States must pass through a number of steps aimed at ensuring that they will not pose a security risk to the United States.
In fact, there are 13 security steps that refugees must go through to be admitted into to United States.
Some of the more interesting ones include Step 1 The Refugee Status – Where the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees determines that the individual qualifies as a refugee under international law.
Another interested process is Step 7: An In-Person-Interview – Where all refugee applicants are interviewed by an officer from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The trained officer will travel to the country of asylum to conduct a detailed, face to face interview with each refugee applicant being considered for re-settlement.
A complete list of steps can be found below: