Is this your refugee question?


Are you wondering how refugees coming to the U.S. are vetted for security concerns?

Firstly, there is an enormous difference betweenthe situation of asylum-seekers who we are seeing arrive on European borders, and the relatively much smaller number of refugees who are admitted into the United States.

While countries that are proximate to a refugee crisis may have significant numbers of asylum seekers arrive at their borders before any vetting can be done, those admitted through the U.S. RefugeeResettlement program go through a very thorough screening process prior to being admitted to the United States. This process involves the U.S. Departments of State, Homeland Security and Defense as well as the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center.

The process generally requires at least 18 months and includes in-person interviews, biometric background checks, and interviews with third-persons. Only a fraction of one percent of the world’s refugees are admitted for resettlement to the U.S. in any given year, so priority is given to those who are deemed to be most vulnerable, including a majority who are women or children.

The vetting process for those being considered for refugee status is more stringent than that of any other category of visitor or immigrant to the United States. Visit the We Welcome Refugees FAQ page for more details and answers to other questions you may have about refugees and the current Syrian crisis.

We Welcome Refugees is our response to Jesus when He said:  “I was a stranger and you welcomed Me in.” – Matthew 25:35


*** This is a borrowed post from Krista Deboer 



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