Since the attacks in Paris, many have asked about our process for admitting Syrian refugees into this country.
I understand the anxiety that many Americans are feeling right now. And as Secretary of Homeland Security, I share with President Obama the top priority of keeping the American people safe. So let me be clear about what this process of vetting and resettling refugees looks like.
It's important to remember, we're focused on admitting the most vulnerable Syrians -- this means mostly women, children and families. Second, anyone who applies for and is approved for refugee status in the United States, including Syrians, must first go through a rigorous security screening process. Watch this video I narrated to see exactly what a potential refugee goes through to resettle in the U.S.:
Taking in refugees at times of crisis is simply the right thing to do. It's who we are as a Nation.
And we can continue to ensure our own security, while doing our share to welcome refugees fleeing violence, looking to America as their beacon of hope and freedom.
This is the United States of America. We can, we must, and we will do both these things.
Secretary of Homeland Security
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and give back
Dear Community Volunteer,
Last year on Thanksgiving President Obama said, “We’re grateful for the thousands of Americans who serve their communities – in soup kitchens and in shelters – looking out for those who are less fortunate and lifting up those who have fallen on hard times. This generosity, this compassion, this belief that we are each other’s keepers, is essential not just on this day but every day.”
Whether you volunteer at a food bank, help those recovering from a disaster, or reach out to a military family, there are many ways to serve your community—and we want to hear about yours.
Find us on Facebook to share how you are giving to others on Thanksgiving and throughout the year.
If you are looking for an opportunity, visit Serve.gov to find one near you or get ideas for projects you can start on your own.
As we gather with loved ones tomorrow, let us count our blessings and commit to sharing those blessings with others in need, on Thanksgiving and throughout the year.