Refugees Are Not Terrorists

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Syrian refugees have become convenient targets. It is important, however, to let clear thinking prevail over fear. According to Curt Goering, Executive Director for The Center for Victims of Torture, “Refugees are the most thoroughly screened people who travel into the United States.”

…the process for a refugee to be resettled into the United States is extremely rigorous. Before being considered for third country resettlement, most refugees must first register with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In making a referral for resettlement, the UNHCR first conducts an in-depth assessment and background check.    Only those who pass the screenings and have been determined to be among the most vulnerable populations and not a security risk are referred on to the U.S. Next, the U.S conducts meticulous security screenings, which include biographic and identity investigations; FBI biometric checks of fingerprints and photographs; in-depth, in-person interviews by Department of Homeland Security officers; medical screenings; and other checks by U.S. domestic and international intelligence agencies including the National Counterterrorism Center and National Security Council.

Goering continues: “We understand the impulse to react. But these are times that require us to keep human dignity at the heart of our individual response. And these are times to emphasize that human rights and the rule of law must be at the core of government response.” Read the entire piece on the CVT blog.

photo credit:Oğuzhan Ali CC-BY

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