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Is US refugee screening thorough enough?




Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news briefing on Syrian refugees following the weekly Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol November 16, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news briefing on Syrian refugees following the weekly Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol November 16, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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In the wake of last Friday's Paris attacks, Republicans in Congress want to stop Syrian refugees from coming into the US.

They're planning to introduce a bill to do just that.

However, most Democrats say the refugees can be safely screened to keep out jihadists. What is the current vetting process for refugees coming to the US? And does it provide enough protection for Americans? If not, what could be done to bolster it? We’ll also parse the political dynamics and how the issue is likely to play out in the 2016 election.

Guests: 

Jonathan Allen, Political reporter and Best-selling author of “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

Kathleen Newland, a Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research organization with offices around the world focusing on migration and refugee issues

Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies, Center for Immigration Studies, a D.C.-based organization that studies the impact of immigration on American society