This bill would enhance the screening process for people trying to enter the U.S. as refugees. Applicants would have their backgrounds vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before approval. Each refugee applying to enter the U.S. from Iraq or Syria would be subject to these screenings.
The FBI would have to confirm with the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) that a thorough background check has been completed. The three agencies would then have to unanimously agree that the refugee is not a threat to national security before they are let in.
Each year, the DHS Inspector General would do a risk-based review of all the certifications made that year, and report annually to relevant congressional committees. On a monthly basis, DHS would inform those committees about the number of applications approved and rejected each month. These monthly reports would include details about which agencies didn’t concur with the application for admission.