Trump may pause US refugee family reunification program: report

Trump may pause US refugee family reunification program: report
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The Trump administration is considering changes for various programs used by refugees coming to the United States, including one that allows refugees to reunite with family members already settled in the country, according to Reuters.

The administration has reportedly created a draft plan to pause the program, which allows refugees to stay with family members in the U.S. until they go through increased security checks.

Reuters reported that the administration is also mulling the increased use of “security advisory opinions” (SAO), which are intensive security checks. 

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If the changes are implemented, SAOs would apply to women from countries that have been deemed "high risk" by the U.S. government, according to the outlet. 

The Hill has reached out to the departments of State and Homeland Security for comment. 

The changes, if implemented, would slow the pace at which refugees are admitted to the U.S. 

The administration has taken a hard-line stance on the issue of refugees. 

Reuters reported on Thursday that the administration's stricter vetting proposal for women and children seeking refugee status in the U.S. could bring the standards for women closer to men.

The Trump administration is currently "finalizing security enhancement recommendations as part of the 120-day review," Department of Homeland Security spokesman Dave Lapan told Reuters.