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WASHINGTON — President Obama, under increasing pressure to demonstrate that the United States is joining European nations in the effort to resettle Syrian refugees, has told his administration to take in at least 10,000 displaced Syrians over the next year.
At a briefing at the White House on Thursday, the press secretary, Josh Earnest, said the United States would “accept at least 10,000 refugees in the next fiscal year,” which begins Oct. 1.
The State Department said yesterday that it usually takes 18 to 24 months for the Department of Homeland Security to determine if a refugee is eligible to be resettled here, after conducting checks of possible criminal or terrorist backgrounds. Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria more than four years ago the United States has taken only 1,300 refugees.
"Congress would need to make a significant financial commitment to ramping up," he said, noting the additional background checks and processing would require greater staffing.
"I do feel confident in telling you that the president will not sign off on a process that cuts corners when it comes to the basic safety and security of the American people and the U.S. homeland," Earnest also said.
originally posted by: jadedANDcynical
a reply to: crazyewok
They will take only from the refugee camps with women and children first and only those with solid backgrounds.
I hope you're right, but you and I both know how much an oxymoron "government organization" is.
originally posted by: anticitizen
sounds fair because without US intervention in that region there would be no IS and no mass exodus, imo.
on the other hand i fear there will be jihadi warriors among them.