THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 6, 2018

*Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Creation of the National Vetting Center *

Today, President Donald J. 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.

The NVC, which will be led by the Department of Homeland Security, will help fulfill the Presidents requirement that departments and agencies improve their coordination and use of intelligence and other information in the vetting process.

The Federal Governments current vetting efforts are ad hoc, which impedes our ability to keep up with todays 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 NVCs operations will adhere to Americas strong protections for individuals privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. The Administrations top priority is the safety and security of the public, and the NVC will empower our frontline defenders to better fulfil that obligation.

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