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Official: US expects to reach target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees as soon as Monday

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration expects to reach a target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees within this fiscal year — October 1st — as early as Monday, August 29th — according to a senior US official.

As of Sunday, August 28th, 9,902 Syrian refugees have been re-settled in the US in the period running from September 30 of last year through now.

On whether the 10,000 mark will be met Monday, the US official said it depends on how many arrivals they get.

It is not a surprise the 10,000 number will be met. CNN reported 10 days ago the administration was expected to mark the milestone of meeting that mark within the coming weeks.

At that time a State Department official said that the administration can — and likely will — accept more than 10,000 applicants, as the goal is “a floor, not a ceiling,” and admissions are expected to continue at their current pace for the remaining six weeks.

President Barack Obama set the goal last fall, as the migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East was hitting critical mass last summer, and leaders in the international community were calling on the US and other world powers to do more to help the growing displaced population.

Initially, there were concerns about the administration’s ability to meet the new target.

The US had only admitted about 1,900 refugees in the first four years of the conflict, and was facing a backlog of UN case referrals.

But admissions spiked dramatically starting in May, after the US beefed up staffing at key processing locations in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt, accelerating the security vetting and interview process for applicants.

While meeting the target is likely to be touted as a major achievement for the administration, not everyone is happy about the accomplishment.

Critics of the resettlement program — including Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump — have long expressed concern about the potential for ISIS or other terrorist groups to exploit refugee flows to reach the West.

State Department officials have stood by the rigor of their vetting process, insisting refugees are the most thoroughly screened group of travelers to the US.

3 comments

  • Opinion8d

    Vetting, what vetting??? How do you verify the person is who they say they are??? Their infrastructure is in ruins, cities demolished -who do people honestly think is going to supply information about these people???? Once again, the safety of the American people is put at risk for non-citizens!!

  • Upset

    WE need to stop this non-sense, we are risking every Americans safety by being so nice! We have our own problems here, poverty, lack of good paying jobs etc. Why not let more people in that will solve the problem!!!!! By the way before I get the, we all came here from some where, I’m American Indian, so no, I did not come from anywhere BUT here!

  • confused

    the news people keep using that same tired picture from how long ago of a family, when in reality it’s been single men/groups of men coming in. What man would run away and leave his family? Wouldn’t they stay and fight? We will just have to see how it all pans out. Hopefully not like the Boston Marathon. It is a very real fear of how long a sleeper cell can bide their time. Milwaukee claims to not even have work and schools for their inner city people. I’m sure they are not the only city with this problem Where are the 10k going to go? USA is not like it was 200 years ago with factories, shipyards, the railroad, highways, bridges all needing to be built. If you were ill you weren’t let in. There were quarantines. But now it’s not PC to do that. USA is broke and cannot take care of its vets and mentally challenged. Cannot take care of it’s born here minorities. But hey, come on in.We’ll leave the light on for ya.

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