Refugee program resumes: hold placed on 11 high risk countries

Daily News Article - October 26, 2017


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1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. “Following to join” is allowing those who have been given asylum or refugee status in the United States to bring his or her spouse and/or unmarried children to join him or her in the United States. When will the follow-to-join resettlement resume, according to the executive memo?

3. a) What is the aim of the changes to the refugee program?
b) Why is the government going to conduct a 90-day review on the refugees from the 11 countries?

4. a) What was the purpose of the initial 120 day hold on accepting refugees from certain countries?
b) Define vetting process/background check. (see wikipedia)

5. a) What are SAOs?
b) List those who had to undergo SAOs in 2016.

6. a) How can refugees from the 11 countries be admitted to the U.S. during the 90-day review period?
b) How many refugees were admitted to the U.S. in 2017? - What percent of this number were from the 11 countries on the new hold?
c) List the countries from which most of the refugees came.

7. a) What additional screening will all refugees got through going forward?
b) Do you think it is reasonable or unreasonable for the Trump administration to insist vetting is 100+% accurate when allowing people to come the the U.S. under refugee status? Explain your answer.

8. Americans must go through extensive background checks when applying for many jobs to ensure that people are what they present themselves to be. These include:
-government jobs (especially the federal government)
-teachers (or other positions in education including school administrators, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teacher’s aides, office workers, college residence hall directors)
-the healthcare industry (doctors, nurses…)
-financial industry
-computer and IT managers
-to drive for Uber
-to adopt a baby or to work for a babysitting/nanny service
Why do you think refugee advocates oppose such stringent screening for potential refugees?