Obama Administration Considering Allowing Tens of Thousands of Syrian Refugees into US
As reported in the Los Angeles Times, President Obama and his Administration are considering letting thousands of Syrians to American cities and towns.
They believe it will take pressure off Middle Eastern countries that are having a hard time supporting 1.6 million refugees plus assisting hard-hit Syrian families. According to the Los Angeles Times, the United States usually accepts half the refugees that the United Nations agency recommends for resettlement. California has taken the largest share over time and Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are also being considered.
There will be a meeting this week in Geneva with UN, government and non-governmental representatives to talk about the resettlement options. Jen Psaki, State Department Spokeswoman, answered questions on Monday during a briefing.
Psaki said, “Well, let me first say the preferred solution for the vast majority of refugees is to return home once it is safe. We are in close contact with the UN on the need for resettlement of refugees from countries of first asylum throughout the world.”
Psaki would not say how many Syrian refugees the U.S. would be willing to resettle, she did say that Congress sets a cap of refugees at 70,000 total refugees. The UN’s refugee agency UNHCR is talking to Germany about taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees.
Front Page Magazine said, “If the Muslim Brotherhood Jihadists lose in Syria, their leaders will flee to Europe and America where they will suborn, undermine and plan acts of terror.”
The L.A. Times is saying:
Though the refugee problem is a serious humanitarian issue – with most having fled to neighboring Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – moving some of them to the U.S. would create challenges. First, how to vet applicants from a country where so many jihadi and al Qaeda activists are present. Secondly, would the lure of possible entry to the U.S. encourage other Syrians to leave their country, further straining their neighbors’ generosity and resources.
But Susan Rice, President Obama’s new national security advisor, and Samantha Power, Obama’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to the U.N., both have been strong advocates for refugees. They may make the White House more receptive to at least a partial opening.
Via [The Blaze]