by John Binder | September 20, 2015 2:35 pm
Apparently, the United States State Department would like to see us take in all of the Syrian refugees roaming around Europe in recent months.
Originally, the Obama administration called for 10,000 Syrian refugees to be placed in the US, but now, the State Department says we should be taking way more than planned.
A State Department official said on Saturday that U.S. leaders are committed to bringing more Syrian refugees to the United States and that she would like to see a “steep ramp up” in their numbers in 2017.
Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, told National Public Radio the Obama administration would like to see the refugee process move more quickly and is trying to streamline the vetting process without cutting corners on security.
The United States has taken in 1,500 refugees since the start of the Syrian war in 2011, and President Barack Obama last week committed to accepting 10,000 more over the coming year.
Four million refugees have fled the 4-year-old civil war in Syria into neighboring Middle Eastern countries and are spilling into Europe in what has become the continent’s worst refugee crisis since World War Two.
“I think that the most senior leadership at the State Department, the National Security Council and the White House want to bring more refugees and so that’s something that we’re very focused on right now,” Richard told NPR.
“Well, next year the president has said we will bring 10,000. So the year after that I’d like to see a steep ramp up,” she said.
Though a number of U.S. lawmakers and humanitarian groups have asked Obama to bring in 65,000 to 100,000 Syrian refugees, there appears to be little appetite among the public for that type of relief.
Why does America have to get involved in Europe and Middle East’s problem?
Of course, none of this would have ever happened if Obama would have stepped up as the leader of the free world that he is supposed to be.
But, we shouldn’t get our hopes up.
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