Obama on Brink of Hitting His Goal for Syrian Refugees in the U.S.

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Despite the objections of most Americans on bringing Syrian refugees into the U.S. Obama went ahead and did it anyway, surprising no one. Now he’s close to hitting his goal.

The Associated Press reports:


WASHINGTON (AP) — After a slow start, it appears increasingly likely that the Obama administration will hit its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States before the end of September.

State Department totals show that 2,340 Syrian refugees arrived last month in the United States.

That’s more than what occurred during the entire seven months after President Barack Obama directed his team to prepare for 10,000 admissions from the war-torn country. Total admissions for the current budget year now come to about 7,900, and the vast majority of them are Sunni Muslims, records show.

If the pace from June and July continues this month, the target should be reached with a couple weeks to spare before Obama heads to the United Nations to urge world leaders to admit more refugees and to increase funding for relief organizations. The U.N. General Assembly is holding a summit to address the large movements of refugees and migrants that stems primarily from conflicts in the Middle East and Africa.

Obama would have been hard-pressed to make the case for other countries to do more with the U.S. failing to reach a goal that amounts to only about 2 percent of the 480,000 Syrian refugees in need of resettlement.

Organizations that help relocate Syrian refugees said the White House and other administration officials have grown increasingly confident of hitting the target.

Obama obviously wants to squeeze in as much damage to the United States as he can while he’s still president.

Is everyone looking forward to November?

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