WATCH News conference — briefing on White House – Governors’ Conference Call on Syrian refugees:
Syrian Refugee Facts related to Hawaii:
(According to Pacific Gateway Center – the only refugee resettlement agency in Hawaii)
Syrian Refugee Facts related to U.S.:
U.S. Vetting process:
Refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States, among the most rigorous screening programs in the world. The vetting process involves the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense.
Placing approved refugees:
The State Department has two main criteria when placing refugees in the U.S. Refugees must have a sponsor (relative) and must be placed in a community that can offer them a cultural network of support.
Step-by-step infographic on the refugee screening and entry process: