If anybody can use this: and whether or not it makes a difference: public communication from the White House on vetting process for Syrian refugees, and numbers: " We are going to do the right thing in the right way -- protecting the American people even as we provide refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Here’s how: Screening and Focusing on the Most Vulnerable: Below are numbers of those screened:
Refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States, including the involvement of the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense.
All refugees, including Syrians, are admitted only after successful completion of this stringent security screening regime, which includes all available biographic and biometric information vetted against a broad array of law enforcement and intelligence community databases to confirm identity and ensure safety.
This screening process has been enhanced over the last few years to ensure we are effectively utilizing the full scope of our intelligence community to review each applicant.
Mindful of the particular conditions of the Syria crisis, Syrian refugees go through additional forms of security screening. We continue to examine options for further enhancements for screening Syrian refugees, the details of which are classified."
"Focus on the Most Vulnerable
The Administration’s emphasis is on admitting the most vulnerable Syrians -- particularly survivors of violence and torture, those with severe medical conditions, and women and children -- in a manner that is consistent with our national security.
In the days since the attack on Paris some have taken the narrow view that protecting Americans from ISIL mandates that we turn our back on those most at risk to the terrorist group -- the men, women and children forced to flee their homes and families, their schools and communities. The Administration rejects the flawed view that we can’t ensure our own safety while also welcoming refugees desperately seeking their own safety. The truth is: America can and must do both."
23,092 - The number of Syrian refugees UNHCR has referred (only referred) to the U.S. Refugees Admission Program.
7,014-The number of Syrians the Department of Homeland Security has interviewed (only interviewed) since FY 2011.
2,034-The number of Syrian refugees who have been admitted since FY 2011.
0-The number of Syrian refugees resettled in the U.S. that have been arrested or removed on terrorism charges.