Trump to establish National Vetting Center for immigrants, visitors

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President Trump is set to establish a “National Vetting Center” on Tuesday to improve the vetting process of individuals coming into the United States, according to a White House daily schedule.

The national security memorandum Trump plans to sign will give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other government agencies a six-month deadline to establish the center, CNN reported Monday.

Two administration officials told the news outlet that the center would aim to improve how different federal agencies share information about vetting, as well as streamline the process. {mosads}

It is unclear how the center will change how immigrants and travelers coming to the U.S. will be vetted.

The center will be a coordinated effort between DHS, the Justice Department, the State Department and other intelligence agencies, a National Security Council official told CNN. The presidential directive will not call for any new funding, the official added.
The memorandum would include a provision to also establish a panel within the next six months that will provide oversight on privacy and civil liberties issues for the center, according to CNN’s report.

A board of governors, which may include Cabinet members, is also expected to oversee the panel.

Trump has repeatedly called for “extreme vetting” of those entering the U.S. His travel ban, which the Supreme Court has agreed to review, has been one of his most controversial and challenged policies.

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