Before they enter the U.S. as refugees, applicants to the U.S. Refugee Program undergo a series of security and health screenings. In the past few years, enhanced security screenings have led to significant delays and denials for reasons that are not disclosed to the refugee. This has had a major impact on the program in Fiscal Year (FY 2012). The decline in refugee admissions has had a negative impact on local resettlement agencies, which planned and budgeted for a much higher number of arrivals based on the Presidential Determination. In addition, it has left people overseas in limbo, not knowing if they will be resettled or if their applications will ultimately be denied or remain pending indefinitely.
- UNHCR Note on the Effects of New U.S. Security Screening Measures for Refugees - December 7, 2011
- "Refugees, Hairdressers, and Homeland Security," The Huffington Post - October 7, 2011