President Trump Calls for Establishment of National Vetting Center
This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member..
On February 6, 2018, President Donald Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum to establish a National Vetting Center (NVC) "to coordinate the efforts of departments and agencies to better identify individuals seeking to enter the country who present a threat to national security, border security, homeland security or public safety."
A statement issued by the White House said the NVC, to be led by the Department of Homeland Security, "will help fulfill the President's requirement that departments and agencies improve their coordination and use of intelligence and other information in the vetting process."
The statement says:
The Federal Government's current vetting efforts are ad hoc, which impedes our ability to keep up with today’s threats. 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. The NVC's operations will adhere to America's strong protections for individuals' privacy, civil rights and civil liberties. The Administration's top priority is the safety and security of the public, and the NVC will empower our frontline defenders to better fulfil that obligation.