By Nick Miroff | The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — “Extreme vetting” was a frequent campaign promise of President Donald Trump’s, and within days of taking office he ordered broad restrictions on travelers from many Muslim-majority countries, measures he deemed necessary until such a system was in place.
Trump directed Homeland Security officials to edify his ideas, and in February the White House announced the creation of a National Vetting Center, or NVC, that would bring unprecedented rigor to screening foreigners.
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Since then, however, the administration has not explained how the center will vet travelers more extremely than the array of other federal agencies already performing the task. It is also unclear whether the White House plans to lift the controversial travel restrictions once the NVC is up and running.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging those restrictions, alleging that the ban is a form of religious discrimination and that the president exceeded his authority in ordering it.
Trump has given security, intelligence and other agencies until August to submit proposals for how they will work with the new center and share information with it.
“The Federal Government’s current vetting efforts are ad hoc, which impedes our ability to keep up with today’s threats,” the White House said in a Feb. 6 memo. “The NVC will better coordinate these activities in a central location, enabling officials to further leverage critical intelligence and law enforcement information to identify terrorists, criminals, and other nefarious actors trying to enter and remain within our country.”
Former DHS officials and security analysts agree that this sounds like a good idea, but they note that the United States already has a unified, state-of-the-art nerve …read more
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