With a sea of displaced persons from the Middle East flowing into Europe, Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the United States will take in 85,000 refugees from around the world next year, and another 100,000 in 2017.
The 2016 total is an increase from the 70,000 refugees expected, according to NBC News.
With the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II unfolding in the Middle East as a direct result of President Obama’s failed foreign policy, aides to Kerry stressed that while many of the refugees accepted will be from Syria, not all would be from that war-torn country.
A distinction likely made to alleviate growing concerns from Americans about Islamic State militants slipping in among these refugees.
The refugees will be referred by the United Nations and screened by Homeland Security before they are resettled around the country, NBC News reported.
How thorough that screening process will be remains to be seen.
For millions of Americans who have the date of the next presidential inauguration, Jan. 20, 2017, marked on their calendars, the idea of the Obama administration making U.S. policy decisions beyond their tenure is likely a troublesome thought.
If the Obama administration can decide how many refugees the country will take a year after leaving office, what other policy decisions can be made?
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton is in agreement with the White House on bringing more Syrian refugees in, NBC News reported.
“We’re facing the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II, and I think the United States has to do more,” Clinton said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000 and begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in.”
Maybe we could start that at the southern border first?
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