Trump signs order to vet refugees - Thehill
President Trump on Friday signed an executive order that he said would provide a thorough vetting of refugees to ensure that terrorists cannot get into the United States.
"I'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Trump said at a signing ceremony at the Pentagon.
"We don't want them here. We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who support our country and love deeply our people."
The White House did not provide immediate details about Trump's order, but reports in recent days suggest the U.S. will refuse to issue visas to people coming from some Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq.
The order was expected to indefinitely block refugees from war-torn Syria from entering the U.S. and suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days while the administration determines which countries pose the least risk.
An extensive vetting process for refugees already existed prior to Trump’s order. The screening process took 18 to 24 months on average.
At the same ceremony at the Pentagon, Trump signed another order to significantly expand the military, modernize the nuclear arsenal and add new special operations forces.