Homeland Security secretary to visit Dearborn

Melissa Nann Burke
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is set to hold two events in Metro Detroit during a Wednesday trip to Michigan.

Johnson will meet with refugees and others at a round-table-style even and later have a discussion with interfaith student groups at the University of Michigan Dearborn about his agency's efforts to engage local communities about countering violent extremism.

It will follow President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address Tuesday night, where Syrian refugee Refaal Hamo of Oakland County will be one of the guests in the box of First Lady Michelle Obama at the U.S. Capitol.

Johnson has defended the administration’s security screening of refugee applicants from Syria and Iraq as “extraordinarily thorough and strong” and stressed his agency’s commitment to continually updating it.

In recent months, the U.S. refugee program has come under criticism, as the Republican-controlled Congress seeks to curb the number of refugees admitted by federal officials.

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