>> Refugees seeking solace in the United States will be subject to stricter vetting starting on Wednesday. The new rules come as a 120-day ban on refugees ordered by the Trump Administration comes to a close. Reuters correspondent Micah Rosenberg covers immigration.>> The state department is issuing a series of new guidelines for refugee processing.
That increase the amount of biographical information that the refugees have to give in the screening process. So now they have to give addresses and phone numbers and emails going back ten years, whereas before it was only five years. And they also have to give contact information for all of their family tree, whereas before that was only limited to some family members.
>> The new requirements are likely to be onerous for refugees fleeing war famine or ethnic cleansing. And other changes could bar certain refugees indefinitely.>> There's different levels of screening for security reasons for all refugees who enter in the United States. And there's a higher level of screening for a particular groups of refugees that might come from countries that are considered high risk by the United States.
When that happens, the government issues something called a security advisory opinion. The government wants to pause all issuants of new SAOs. Which could effectively put a halt on refugee screening for that group of countries where those checks are mandatory. SAOs are required for adult men from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Malia, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen and some Palestinians.
Critics say Trump's efforts to bar entry from such countries suggests religious discrimination. As a candidate, Trump called for a total shutdown on Muslims entering the US. The administration argues its restrictions are needed to protect American citizens.