Trump administration considers pausing US refugee family reunification

By REUTERS
October 21, 2017 02:28
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President Trump's administration has drafted a plan to pause a program that allows family members join refugees already settled in the United States until they can undergo increased security checks, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

The measure is one of several being considered for refugees, the sources said.

The administration also may expand the use of intensive security checks by multiple federal agencies, called "security advisory opinions" (SAO) to apply to women from countries designated as high-risk by the US government. Currently there are usually only mandatory SAOs, as they are called, for men from those countries, the sources said.

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