Taking a cue from Europe, President Obama has told his administration to prepare to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees next fiscal year. “If the United States aims to continue as a global humanitarian leader, then it is our obligation to significantly increase the number of refugees we resettle,” Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the immigration subcommittee, said in a statement. This announcement comes coupled with monetary aid, about $4 billion dollars worth, which the United States gives to assist refugees overseas. “We know the scale of this problem. It’s significant,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “And there are millions of people who have been driven from their homes because of this violence. … It certainly is not feasible for millions of Syrians to come to this country, but what we can do is make sure that we are doing everything we can to provide for their basic needs.” The exact number of refugees the United States will allow into the country next year will be announced by the end of the month.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe