Create an Ideological Screening Test for Incoming Immigrants

Current Status: In Progress

As of

As part of the Restoring National Security Act: "[Establish] new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values"

"In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today.

In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles – or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.

Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country.

Only those who we expect to flourish in our country – and to embrace a tolerant American society – should be issued visas." 

- Donald Trump speech in Youngstown, OH, August, 2016

Current U.S. naturalization law requires adherence to “the principles of the Constitution of the United States” and rejects advocates of a variety of ideological positions, and those with proclivities, in the judgment of immigration officials, to commit various crimes.

On January 27th, 2017, Trump signed an executive order that, in addition to suspending entry to nationals from seven foreign nations, also directed agencies to develop a uniform screening process that will include a "mechanism to assess whether or not the applicant has the intent to commit criminal or terrorist acts after entering the United States." 

Sec. 4. Implementing Uniform Screening Standards for All Immigration Programs. (a) The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall implement a program, as part of the adjudication process for immigration benefits, to identify individuals seeking to enter the United States on a fraudulent basis with the intent to cause harm, or who are at risk of causing harm subsequent to their admission. This program will include the development of a uniform screening standard and procedure, such as in-person interviews; a database of identity documents proffered by applicants to ensure that duplicate documents are not used by multiple applicants; amended application forms that include questions aimed at identifying fraudulent answers and malicious intent; a mechanism to ensure that the applicant is who the applicant claims to be; a process to evaluate the applicant's likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society and the applicant's ability to make contributions to the national interest; and a mechanism to assess whether or not the applicant has the intent to commit criminal or terrorist acts after entering the United States.

It remains to be seen whether the mechanisms that are developed will constitute an ideological test, or merely a refocusing of the current standards for determining criminal intent.

See also: Immigration