Obama: US to ad­mit 10,000 Syria refugees this year

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASHINGTON— Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has said he ex­pected the United States would meet a goal of ad­mit­ting 10,000 Syr­ian refugees be­fore the end of the year de­spite de­lays and op­po­si­tion from crit­ics con­cerned about se­cu­rity im­pli­ca­tions.

As Europe grap­pled with Syr­i­ans flee­ing the coun­try’s civil war last au­tumn, Obama promised to ad­mit 10,000 Syr­ian refugees by the end of fis­cal year 2016. But the State Depart­ment re­ported on March 31, half­way into the fis­cal year, that only 1,285 Syr­i­ans had been ad­mit­ted into the United States.

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

Obama’s prom­ise has come un­der fire from Repub­li­cans con­cerned that vi­o­lent mil­i­tants could come into the United States pos­ing as refugees.— Agen­cies

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