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This might seem like a large number to accept, but its only a fraction of the total number of Syrian refugees:around 4.8 million.
On Sunday, the US ambassador to Jordan, Alice Wells, stated,
Thanks to careful coordination between the Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services, we are able to announce that in the next 24 hours we will have met President Obamas goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States by the end of this fiscal year.
The United States government is deeply committed to safeguarding the American public, just as we are committed to providing refuge to some of the worlds most vulnerable people. We do not believe these goals are mutually exclusive.
There are some in the US who believe accepting refugees puts the US at a higher risk of experiencing terror attacks.
Donald Trump, in particular, has frequently painted Syrian refugees as especially dangerous.
Here is Trump’s first general election adwarns of ‘rigged’ system, Syrian refugees, illegal immigrants, open border pic.twitter.com/4E0g2ICp2A
Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) August 19, 2016
But the screening process for refugees is very extensive and stringent, lasting 18 to 24 months on average before they are approved for admission to the US.
As Alice Wells stated,
Refugees are the most thoroughly screened category of travelers to the United States, and Syrian refugees are subject to even greater scrutiny.
In other words, there is not a huge dangerin accepting Syrian refugees, as some politicians have attempted to argue.
State Dept says nearly 80% of the Syrian refugees resettled in the US have been women and children under 18. 99% are Muslim, says State.
Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 29, 2016
There is also a case to be made the US could accept even more refugees.
We encourage the White House to consider this 10k resettled Syrian refugees milestone ‘a floor & not a ceiling.’: https://t.co/Sb4yQBunaQ
IRC Intl Rescue Comm (@theIRC) August 29, 2016
Daniel Wickham (@DanielWickham93) August 27, 2016
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He’s ripped everyone in front of their faces at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and proceeded into a Kobe-like mic drop. He’s gone around the country to give his last round of commencement speeches the greatest of which, in this writer’s unbiased opinion, was his appearance at Rutgers.
He’smade a commercial with Steph Curry, shown more of his magic touch with babies and along the way, he’s continued to lose more and more of his filter.
On Thursday, he continued his victory lap with an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to headline one of the show’s best segments, Slow Jam the News, but a with a twist.
The “Prez dispenser,” as Fallon called him, didn’t really go out there to slow jam any news. Nah, forget all that. He went out there to unapologetically slow jam his own praises, which in some ways is even funnier because of the sheer shamelessness required to do it.
And if that doesn’t entertain you, Jimmy’s ad-lib sexual innuendos should. Check out President Obama slow jam to the news in the player above.
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