Salon Talks: America's immigrant vetting process "is not only imperfect — it is broken"

Hosts Carrie Sheffield and Josh Zepps sit down with Herb London, head of the London Center for Policy Research

Published August 11, 2016 3:41PM (EDT)

Salon Talks hosts Carrie Sheffield and Josh Zepps sat down with Herb London, head of the London Center for Policy Research, to discuss the global refugee crisis on Wednesday.

Asked the prevalence of terrorists migrating as refugees, London noted the 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, California, referring to Tashfeen Malik, the female perpetrator who was first able to come to the United States via a fiancée visa in 2014.

London called Malik's lack of refugee status "inconsequential."

"Good policy is very much related to the way in which the public regards the policy," he explained. "A good policy in a democratic society is very much related to what people are willing to accept."

"When you talk about vetting these people, making sure that those who have terrorist activity in the past are not going to be permitted ... we do not have that kind of vetting system now," he continued. "It is not only imperfect — it is broken."

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By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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