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