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Obama Increases Number of Syrian Refugees for U.S. Resettlement to 10,000

By GARDINER HARRIS, DAVID E. SANGER and DAVID M. HERSZENHORNSEPT. 10, 2015, New York Times

WASHINGTON President Obama, under increasing pressure to demonstrate that the United States is joining European nations in the effort to resettle Syrian refugees, has told his administration to take in at least 10,000 displaced Syrians over the next year.

Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said in a briefing Thursday that while the administration was continuing to examine responses to a refugee crisis that has overwhelmed Europe in recent days, the president has decided to raise the number of Syrian refugees admitted to at least 10,000 in the fiscal year beginning in October from fewer than 2,000 this year.

But Mr. Earnest emphasized that the president would not allow any lessening in the intense background and medical checks that can take as much as two years to complete. Those wishing to come to the United States must apply through the United Nations, which has a presence in many refugee camps, and Mr. Earnest discouraged migrants from taking risky journeys and paying traffickers.

Refugees go through the most robust security process of anybody whos contemplating travel to the United States, Mr. Earnest said. Refugees have to be screened by the National Counter Terrorism Center, by the F.B.I. Terrorist Screening Center. They go through databases that are maintained by D.H.S., the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. There is biographical and biometric information that is collected about these individuals.

The United States once offered refuge to tens of thousands at a time. In 1979, it provided sanctuary to 111,000 Vietnamese refugees and in 1980 almost doubled that number to 207,000. Around the same time, the United States took in more than 120,000 Cuban refugees during the Mariel boatlift, including more than 80,000 in one month alone.

But after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the number of refugees allowed into the United States slowed sharply, dropping to 27,131 in 2002. The numbers have risen steadily since then and last year amounted to 69,987 just below a cap of 70,000. Most refugees need at least a year and sometimes two to navigate the system.

For refugees fleeing war or fearing for their lives, the United States can no longer provide anything approaching immediate sanctuary, said Sarah Margon, the Washington director of Human Rights Watch. The system is just too bogged down in bureaucratic impediments, she said.

Germany has talked about taking more than 800,000 Syrian refugees, thousands of whom have already flooded train and bus stations throughout Europe. Even Venezuela has promised to take 20,000 refugees.

Ten thousand is just an embarrassingly low number given the scale of this crisis and that the U.S. has long been a global leader in resettlement, said Eleanor Acer of Human Rights First, a New York-based nonprofit.

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With the political firebomb that illegal immigration has become in this country, and before an election year, too, Ms. Acer should be thankful the President upped the number to be admitted.

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The numbers are misleading since the implication of the article is that all of the migrants going into Europe are war refugees when, in reality, a significant portion of them are economic migrants, similar to the wave of Mexicans who came here in the 90s. However, I agree with Acer on this. 10,000 refugees is a paltry number given the scale of the displacement crisis in Syria.

Invading Iraq is really biting the entire region in the arse now

Fixed for accuracy.

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Though since this was bumped:

What is happening in Germany now is hilarious. They tell the refugees/migrants that they can come to Germany (violation of EU border treaty), their entire plan for this was seemingly to ask other EU countries to resettle the migrants that arrive in Germany (Why not? They've been playing roughshod with with EU throughout the financial crisis, why stop now?), this is flatly refused, they panic, and now they have shut down their border (violation of another EU treaty) to prevent more of the migrants they invited from getting in so now they're blocked up in border countries. The mayor of Munich has also said the city has reached a breaking point a week after saying the number of refugees does not matter to the city.

The amount of incompetence and arrogance displayed by Merkel and her government in this situation is breathtaking.

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Though since this was bumped:

What is happening in Germany now is hilarious. They tell the refugees/migrants that they can come to Germany (violation of EU border treaty), their entire plan for this was seemingly to ask other EU countries to resettle the migrants that arrive in Germany (Why not? They've been playing roughshod with with EU throughout the financial crisis, why stop now?), this is flatly refused, they panic, and now they have shut down their border (violation of another EU treaty) to prevent more of the migrants they invited from getting in so now they're blocked up in border countries. The mayor of Munich has also said the city has reached a breaking point a week after saying the number of refugees does not matter to the city.

The amount of incompetence and arrogance displayed by Merkel and her government in this situation is breathtaking.

Its just another way to dictate to the rest of Europe and all those governments who are too thick to have let various treaties pass.

The Schengen treaty can be suspended in certain circumstances (of course, when Merkel dictates). Notice the pattern here?

Leaflets with how to get an EU passport handed out to people being smuggled into europe, benefits cheat sheets whilst its own citizens suffer. That's their plan. Get as many "refugees" into various countries and destroy from within.

The quicker this whole EU farce is scrapped, the better.

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