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POTUS issues EO 13815, announcing resumption of refugee admissions with new extreme vetting procedures

  1. Original Date Announced

    October 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]

    Executive Order 13815: Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program With Enhanced Vetting Capabilities
  2. Effective Date

    October 24, 2017
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    February 4, 2021

    Executive Order on Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration

    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.

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Current Status

Not in effect
February 4, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Presidential Orders
Subject Matter: Refugees

Pre Trump-Era Policies


  • 2017.10.26 ACLU - Trump's New Refugee Vetting Rules Will All but Stop the Resettlement Process

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