The 10000th Syrian Refugee Has Arrived In The United States

Cheryl Sanders
August 31, 2016

National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in a statement the Obama Administration is on track to meet its goal of welcoming 85,000 refugees from various other countries in need, as well. With this arrival, the administration has met its goal one month in advance.

All refugees must undergo extensive background checks by the departments of State and Homeland Security and several US intelligence agencies, and Syrian refugees receive additional vetting.

"Refugees are the most thoroughly screened category of travelers to the United States, and Syrian refugees are subject to even greater scrutiny", she said.

In addition to resettling some of the most vulnerable refugees, we have always focused on providing humanitarian assistance and protection to refugees in the places to which they have fled, so they can return home when the conflict ends.

Wells said the target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees in the the 2016 fiscal year will be reached Monday, as several hundred Syrians depart from Jordan over 24 hours. It also allocated $4 billion to humanitarian groups working with refugees.

US admission of Syrian refugees has been a hot button issue in the 2016 race for the White House, with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump warning that violent militants could enter the country posing as refugees.

Among developed Western countries, the number of refugees received by the USA has always been decried as pitiful Germany, for example, has already received more than 1 million refugees. Germany, the favored destination for many people fleeing the Middle East and Africa, instituted an open-door policy.

None of the terror attacks in the USA have been perpetrated by Syrian refugees.

This article has been updated with additional details on the Syrian refugees admitted. Germany has accepted hundreds of thousands, while Canada admitted nearly 30,000 between November 2015 and May 2016, according to Al Jazeera. 12,000 have been accepted so far, the report said. They attempted to pass a requirement for Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence chiefs to sign off on every refugee, but the Democrats filibustered the bill, which led to its demise.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters the administration plans to increase the number by a few thousand in fiscal 2017.

Close on Michigan's heels is California, which has taken in 1,030 Syrians between October 1 of past year and August 29, the federal figures show. "The achievement of the 10,000 target proves what is possible, and there remains an urgent need to further strengthen US leadership in resettling refugee families ― with appropriate vetting ― fleeing violence and war".

Americans' opinions on accepting refugees shifted after the Paris attacks, according to polling from Bloomberg. In fact, the overwhelming majority of refugees entering the US (98.2%) are Sunni Muslim, CNSnews reports.

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