Donald Trump suggests new screening processes for would-be US immigrants
Foreign nationals already face an extensive application process for US visas
Donald Trump has outlined a new screening process for would-be immigrants designed to exclude Islamic extremists that he promoted Monday as “extreme vetting.” The policy would attempt to establish whether applicants’ beliefs match US values on gay rights, gender equality and religious freedoms, among others.
With little in the way of specifics from the Republican presidential candidate and his senior campaign officials – including whether they would apply to tourists – the proposed vetting reforms have raised questions about how officials would assess the validity of applicants’ responses and whether an overhaul of the immigration screening process would work.
As it stands now, the US already has an extenstive system for screening potential immigrants. Here are some key things to know about what the US already does and how Trump’s plan would be different.