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The Obama administration is ramping up efforts to import as many Syrian refugees as possible and seems ready to go back on its word to do it.
Way behind schedule of admitting 10,000 refugees into the U.S. this year, the Associated Press cited an official at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan stating procedures will be expedited by slashing the time taken to process each admission to a mere three months, CNS reported.
A “resettlement surge center” opened in Amman, Jordan, last February in an effort to quickly process the approximate 600 families it will need to meet the 10,000 goal.
This is not how President Obama sold the program to the American people.
“Understand, under current law, it takes anywhere from, on average, 18 to 24 months to clear a refugee to come into the United States,” the president said when he mocked Americans leery of accepting refugees after the deadly Paris massacre.
“They are subjected to the most rigorous process conceivable.”
Now, the “most rigorous” vetting process has been shortened to a fraction of the original time apparently so that Obama can save face.
Ahmad al-Abboud, his wife and five children were the first family under the “surge” program to arrive Wednesday night in Kansas City, according to CNS.
“I’m happy. America is the country of freedom and democracy, there are jobs opportunities, there is good education, and we are looking forward to having a good life over there,” Ahmad al-Abboud said.
Most of the Syrian refugees will come by way of Jordan according to Gina Kassemm, the regional refugee coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Amman.
“The 10,000 (figure) is a floor and not a ceiling, and it is possible to increase the number,” Kassem told reporters.
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