“The U.S. is committed to providing refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, while carefully screening refugees for security concerns before admitting them to the United States,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Thursday.

Johnson said the screening process has improved over time, and “refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks.”

“DHS works in concert with the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center for the screening and vetting of refugees,” Johnson told the Senate Homeland Security Committee in his opening statement.

“All refugees admitted to the United States, including those from Syria, will be subject to this stringent security screening.”

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