Date AnnouncedOct. 24, 2017
In Executive Order 13815, President announces limited resumption of refugee resettlement with additional vetting. According to a press release accompanying the order, the vetting changes include "increased data collection to more thoroughly investigate applicants, better information sharing between agencies to identify threat actors, and new training procedures to strengthen screener ability to detect fraud and deception." [ID# 22]
See Biden administration action below.View Policy Document
Effective Date of ChangeOct. 24, 2017
Biden Administration ActionFebruary 4, 2021
This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On 2/4/21, President Biden issued an Executive Order revoking certain past presidential actions on refugee admissions and resettlement (including Executive Order 13815) and directing government agencies to take steps to improve the refugee program, including to create a plan to address processing backlogs, to hire up to increase refugee adjudication capacity, to complete a review of the Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs, and to submit a report on climate change and its impact on migration.Executive Order on Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration
The Obama administration's screening process for vetting refugees was already rigorous, including multiple rounds of background checks and fingerprinting.The Screening Process for Refugee Entry into the United States