The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to suspend foreign trips by its personnel to interview refugee applicants since President Trump is expected to soon issue an executive order relating to the refugee admittance process.
As previously reported, Trump is indeed preparing an order which will address entry into the United States by refugees. He is likely to suspend refugee admissions for 120 days to provide time for the Secretary of State to review and presumably update the procedures governing refugee admittance into this country. After that review is complete, then refugee admissions will continue, and the DHS can proceed with its interviews of applicants.
Thus, within the context of Trump’s expected order, it seems prudent for the DHS to halt trips overseas to interview refugees until the new procedures are in place. It makes no sense to interview applicants under the current procedures when those procedures will soon change and the applicants would then likely need to be re-vetted under them.
Many will continue to characterize Trump’s decision as some sort of hard-hearted attempt by him to “ban Muslims.” This is unfortunate, since Trump has softened his campaign rhetoric and appears to be seeking to create an orderly process by which refugees can be welcomed into the U.S. while also keeping American citizens secure. As President, he must balance many competing interests and appears to be making a sincere effort at doing so.