The United States will temporarily delay processing for refugees from 11 “high risk” nations, the White House announced, as a 120-day ban on refugees entering the country came to an end.
US President Donald Trump signed a new executive order on Tuesday that directs government agencies to resume the US refugee programme, but according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a 90-day review period for those arriving from “11 countries previously identified as posing a higher risk to the United States” will be put in place.
US media reported that DHS officials declined to reveal the countries that are considered “high risk”, but said in a statement that “admissions for applicants from those 11 high-risk countries will move forward on a case-by-case basis” during the review period.
The resumption of the refugee programme came as the 120-day ban on refugees ended on Tuesday.
In the latest executive order, Trump announced new “enhanced vetting” procedures for refugees entering the US.
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