The United States has lifted the ban that was implemented on admission of refugees from 11 ‘high-risk’ countries and will resume the entry of refugees – but with extra vented security protocols for the 11 countries which are mostly Middle Eastern and African nations.

On Monday, the US announced that it is lifting up the ban on admission of refugees from 11 countries that were tagged as ‘highly risky’ which was implemented by the Trump administration in October. However, US clarified that the admission of refugees in the US will resume but with strict and tougher scrutiny than past because they say it is ‘critically important for them to know who is entering the United States’. These changes came after 90 days of reviewing over the terms and possibilities of admission of refugees into the US from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – the 11 countries which were identified by America as ones presenting a high-security risk.

All of the 11 countries other than North Korea and South Sudan are Muslim majority countries from the Middle East or Africa. Yet, US top administration has been denying that the refugee ban was implemented based on religion and it is nothing but a tougher screening for countries deemed to have higher security risks. The ban has been lifted, but refugees from all these 11 countries will have to go through additional security screenings before being allowed to enter the US. So now on, the applicants from these so-called “high-risk” countries will face more extensive background checks from US screeners.

Furthermore, the US administration will introduce a specially tailored model which will be more rigorous in identifying possible ‘threats’. Also, the model might bring in tight limits on immigration of family members who can join the immigrants who are already in the States – which means only spouse and younger children would be allowed. This will stop the ‘chain migration’ which extends to parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family. All in the name of America’s security.