"Share information, don’t add more bureaucracy with National Vetting Center"
By Nate Bruggeman and Ben Rohrbaugh - The Hill
The White House has announced the establishment of a National Vetting Center to rectify what it calls the “ad hoc” process for vetting travelers. The center, within the Department of Homeland Security, will coordinate the vetting of persons entering the country for security and public safety risks.
This center is likely an attempt to fulfill President Trump's campaign promise of “extreme vetting” of people coming to the United States. Although not entirely clear, the center appears to be focused on identifying terrorist threats.
This is a wasted opportunity. The government already has comprehensive multi-agency processes to vet for potential terrorist threats. Rather than replicating existing terrorist screening capabilities, it should focus on an actual security gap: consolidating and disseminating information on individuals associated with transnational crime. . . .