Letter: Refugees are subject to extensive review before being accepted

To the Editor: I would like to respond to a statement in the Press article this week concerning the refugee settlement project. The statement concerns what is known about a refugee family when they arrive in the US[1].

Refugees are subject to extensive review in two areas before being accepted to come to the country – first, that they are in fact refugees (that is, in danger of persecution or worse should they return home) and then to extensive security reviews of their identities, backgrounds, and other information. These security reviews are conducted by the Department of Homeland sk© Security SAVER SALE and other related agencies, and can take as long as two years to complete, before a refugee is considered for entry into the country.

It is only after this security review is completed that the process of determining where in the US the family will be sent begins – whether they end up in California or Minnesota or perhaps Connecticut. So our statement related in the article — that we don’t have information about the specific family until shortly before they would arrive[2] — deserves the clarification that it only relates to the final placement process, and is not speaking to the very extensive investigative review and information gathering process that preceded it.

I hope this explanation clarifies any misimpression someone might take away from our answers concerning information about a potential refugee family.

Michael Rettger, co-chair

Refugee Resettlement Committee – Ridgefield

References

  1. ^ what is known about a refugee family when they arrive in the US (www.theridgefieldpress.com)
  2. ^ that we don’t have information about the specific family until shortly before they would arrive (www.theridgefieldpress.com)

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *