President Trump will reportedly establish a “National Vetting Center” to improve scrutiny and screening of travelers and immigrants entering the U.S., reports The Washington Times.
Citing “two administration officials,” CNN reported that Trump will sign a national security memorandum Tuesday that orders several government agencies to get the Center up and running within six months.
While the memorandum does not fund the Center or give it any new legal power, CNN reported, it seeks to streamline the vetting process and improve communication and information-sharing among federal agencies.
The departments involved include Homeland Security, State, Justice and some intelligence agencies, CNN reported.
It is still unclear how this new center will change the way travelers and immigrants to the U.S. are vetted and how the entering of the U.S. will be for everyone.
According to a “National Security Council official” who spoke to CNN, the Center will focus most on visa applicants, with a secondary emphasis on vetting people already in the U.S. but subject to deportation proceedings.
The vetting center will be overseen by a board of governors that will likely include Cabinet members, the official said.
Trump’s order has already created anticipation for concern from civil liberties groups, so the memorandum also established a standing privacy and civil liberties panel that will oversee the center’s activities so to avoid any abuse of civil liberties.
This center is just another step in President Trump’s broader efforts to tighten immigration screenings and is a follow up to Trump’s call for “extreme vetting” during his presidential campaign.
This kind of center perfectly falls in line with Trump’s continued promise of a tougher stance on immigration and border security than the previous administration had ever done.
This kind of center is exactly what America needs in order to properly vet the kind of people coming into the country from various parts of the world and making sure that American citizens aren’t subjugated to another attack from foreign operatives.