Obama hopes US will admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year

Obama hopes US will admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year

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– Obama hopes US will admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year.

– Washington has offered refuge to far fewer of the millions fleeing war in Syria and Iraq than many of its closest allies in Europe and the Middle East.

Obama hopes US will admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year.

On Thursday, United States President Barack Obama said he hoped before the end of the year the US would meet a target of admitting close to 10,000 Syrian refugees despite encountering delays and opposition from critics concerned about security implications.

Obama hopes US will admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year
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Obama earlier pledged to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of fiscal year 2016 due to the challenges Europe is struggling with as regards Syrians fleeing their country’s internecine war last autumn.

Obama hopes US will admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year.

However, on March 31, halfway into the fiscal year, the State Department stated that only 1,285 Syrians had been admitted into the United States.

Obama on Thursday when asked whether the goal would be achieved said, “We’re going to keep on pushing,”

Obama’s pledge has come under strict criticism from Republicans concerned who felt that violent militants could infiltrate the United States by disguising as refugees.

Obama hopes US will admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year.

More than 30 governors have reportedly tried to oppose the coming in of refugees the States, but courts and attorneys general have declared that admission depends on federal government’s way of screening refugees and settling them.

Obama assured the public that the refugees were being properly screened and vetted by his administration. He, however, commented that Congress may put up barricades to the process.

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“Administratively, I think now we have the process to speed it up,” he told a news conference with student journalists at the White House.

“Our goal is to continue to try to make the case to Congress and the American people that this is the right thing to do and we believe that we can hit those marks before the end of the year.”

Meanwhile, Washington has offered refuge to far fewer of the millions fleeing war in Syria and Iraq than many of its closest allies in Europe and the Middle East.

The agency responsible for processing and admitting refugees, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is under added pressure to make sure none of those admitted have ties to violent extremists.

Requirements for additional screening measures were passed following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris after Obama had laid out his goal of admitting 10,000 Syrians.