White House Host Conference Call with Governors Regarding Refugee Policies

The White House hosted a conference call with a bipartisan group of 34 governors from across the country Tuesday to provide information regarding existing refugee policies.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough led the call, which lasted nearly 90 minutes, and included officials with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The officials briefed the governors on the rigorous screening and security vetting process that is required before a refugee is able to travel to the United States.

The call included an extensive question and answer session among the governors and officials.

Administration officials reiterated what President Obama has previously said, which is that his top priority is the safety of the American people.  Officials also reaffirmed that even as the United States accepts more refugees, including Syrians, they undergo a rigorous screening and security vetting process.

Several governors expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to better understand the process and have their issues addressed directly by representatives of the agencies responsible for the refugee and screening programs.

Others encouraged further communication to ensure that governors are able to better respond to questions from the public about the refugee screening and resettlement process.

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