Ahead of Obama hosting UN General Assembly to “showcase” his humanitarian policy
Despite France’s recent acknowledgement that it fights Islamic terrorism on a daily basis and last year’s warning that ISIS has targeted our refugee program, the Obama administration has announced that it is has raised the refugee target for 2017 to “at least 110,000.”
The Obama administration will seek to accept 110,000 refugees from around the world in fiscal 2017, according to Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
Kerry briefed lawmakers Tuesday on the new goal, which is an increase from 85,000 in fiscal 2016 and 70,000 in the previous three years. It represents a 57 percent increase in refugee arrivals since 2015, as ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have spurred an exodus of migrants seeking asylum in Europe, Canada and other regions.
A senior administration official, who asked for anonymity because the policy has not yet been officially announced, said the target “is consistent with our belief that all countries should do more to help the world’s most vulnerable people.”
The official added that Kerry told lawmakers “that if it is possible to do more” in terms of accepting refugees, “we would.”
Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) notes that the administration should be focused on reforming the process of accepting refugees into America, including both the screening process and their placement in communities across the nation.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) criticized the decision, saying policymakers should focus on reforming the nation’s system for admitting refugees rather than having the White House set goals.
“For generations, the United States has been a safe haven for people fleeing persecution. We must remain compassionate toward refugees but we also need to make sure that we use common sense,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “Unfortunately, President Obama unilaterally increases the number of refugees resettled in the United States each year and gives little thought as to how it will impact local communities. The president also continues to ignore warnings from his own national security officials and plans to bring in even more Syrian refugees over the next year.”
The administration, however, has merely said that refugee screening process is “the most rigorous of any traveler to the U. S.” and appears unconcerned about security warnings and clear indicators that ISIS and other terrorist groups are using the refugee crisis to send “soldiers” throughout Europe and into the U.S.
The increased goal is being announced before Obama is set to address the UN General Assembly regarding his efforts.
Many Republicans, including Trump, have questioned whether terrorists are managing to enter the country through the asylum process. Administration officials say refugees are subject to the most rigorous screening of any traveler to the United States.
Last year, the administration indicated it planned to admit at least 100,000 refugees in the coming year, but the new target surpasses that goal. President Obama is hosting a summit on refugees next week at the United Nations General Assembly, where the United States and other nations will showcase their efforts to address what has become a global humanitarian crisis.
Watch the report:DONATE
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.