What a Responsible Syrian Refugee Policy Looks Like for US After Paris Attacks

The refugee system takes about 12 to 18 months to complete as cases are passed from the U.N. and the State Department to Homeland Security to Health and Human Services and nonprofit resettlement agencies, and includes interviews and background checks. Nothing during that process should be overlooked or passed over. The U.S. can and should improve the refugee vetting process by undertaking the appropriate risk assessments and consulting with Congress on the strategies for managing those risks. The administration ought be moving in partnership with Congress and governors about meeting both humanitarian and national security responsibilities.

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