A major milestone has just been achieved by the Trump administration and it will make everyone in this country safer.
US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will now require more people to undergo face-to-face interviews, as part of the extreme vetting President Trump called for in Executive Order 13780, according to The Washington Times.
On October 1st, it will be mandatory for two new groups of people to be interviewed. The first are individuals who are already in our country on business visas, and are now applying for permanent residency, also known as green card holders. The second are those who are here as asylum seekers, or refugees, who are hoping to bring family members into the United States as well.
The in-person interviews were specifically called for by President Trump, who also wants USCIS to create a “uniform baseline for screening.” His executive order also places priority on developing an easier system for checking an applicant’s documents, as well as creating more ways to determine whether applicants are committing fraud, intending to harm someone, or break the law in the United States.
The director of research at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, Matthew J. O’Brien, once worked for USCIS. He says interviews for these groups of people used to be conducted as standard procedure. He mentioned that refugees may try to sneak in family members who they know do not qualify under the law.
“You can only vet people if you have information, and one of the best ways to get information is to talk to people and then compare that info to objective info you get from other places,” O’Brien said. “If you don’t have these interviews you’re missing a fundamental step in the vetting process.”
Previous administrations preferred to rush people through the process without interviews, in order to deal with the backlog of people waiting. In their rush to convenience non-citizens, our immigration services became much less thorough. But, under President Trump, our nation’s security will no longer be our second priority.
It’s much harder to lie convincingly, or to leave out pertinent information, during a one-on-one interview than when simply filling out a paper form. While paper applications will remain a critical portion of the process, face-to-face interviews simply cannot be skipped.
Of the new interviews, USCIS Director James W. McCament said, “This change reflects the administration’s commitment to upholding and strengthening the integrity of our nation’s immigration system.” He signaled that his agency is prioritizing President Trump’s charge to create stronger vetting procedures.
US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will now require more people to undergo face-to-face interviews, as part of the extreme vetting. Do you think this is a good idea?
According to a report from Breitbart, USCIS has made other changes, specifically with regard to student visas. If a student has no plans and shows no intention to return to their home country, they will be denied a student visa in the United States.
In the single fiscal year of 2016, 630,000 people over-stayed their visas; 42,500 of those were students. This is another significant problem in enforcing our borders.
As part of dealing with this and other border problems, USCIS has announced they will be making more visa categories. Overall, President Trump’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” is resulting in the extreme vetting he promised.