Trump Directive Establishes New Immigration Vetting Center
In February 2018, President Donald Trump signed a national security memorandum aimed at improving the screening process of immigrants into the United States through vetting centers. Partner Steven M.M. Stodder, a former Homeland Security assistant secretary for border, immigration and trade policy, commented on the idea of using "extreme vetting" to process those who want to enter the country in an article by POLITICO.
Mr. Stodder said that the vetting center idea actually surfaced during the Obama Administration, but that its focus on immigration was introduced by President Trump in line with his proposed travel ban. Stating that, compared to the current mix of programs from multiple departments and agencies, the notion of a single, centralized screening run by the combining forces of Homeland Security, the State Department, the attorney general and national intelligence makes sense.
"The concept of a national vetting center is not a bad idea," he said. "But it’s not about vetting immigrants. It’s about vetting people."