Refugees are the most thoroughly screened travelers to the US. More than tourists, business people, students, and immigrants. If a person intends to infiltrate the US for nefarious reasons, pretending to be a refugee would be one of the most inefficient methods to do so.
Refugees spend an average of 17 years in refugee camps before they are resettled. But what about the Syrian refugees? That's only been going on for about five years! Well, there's more.
After the UN does their own vetting process, the USA scraps it and does their own vetting, which takes about 18 to 24 months. On top of that, refugees from Syria go through additional forms of screening.
The fear is that Syrian refugees are wolves in sheep's clothing and wish to harm Americans, but that's just not the case.
After the 2 year vetting process refugees go through cultural orientation and are assigned to one of nine US resettlement agencies. They're not just dumped in some city to fend for themselves. Refugees are introduced to a local support group and integrated into US culture. They go on to be entrepreneurs, employees, students, and law abiding contributors to society.
For more info on:
- refugee resettlement in NW Arkansas visit canopynwa.org
- refugee resettlement in the US visit whitehouse.gov/aidrefugees
- myths and facts about refugees visit www.state.gov