1. White House sees surge in Syrian refugee admissions this year

White House sees surge in Syrian refugee admissions this year

The Obama administration believes it will be able to process many more Syrian refugees in the last half of fiscal 2016 than in the first six months, allowing it to meet its goal of admitting at least 10,000 by Sept. 30.

By: | Washington | Published: June 17, 2016 11:38 AM
white house, white house news, white house latest, US ukraine business council, US ukraine treaty, us ukraine treaty news, US ukraine news, ukraine US news, US news, White house news, Ukraine news The White House said it has allocated additional staff and added more processing locations in the Middle East to expedite the screening process without compromising U.S. security.(Reuters)

The Obama administration believes it will be able to process many more Syrian refugees in the last half of fiscal 2016 than in the first six months, allowing it to meet its goal of admitting at least 10,000 by Sept. 30.

In a letter to Democratic Senator Richard Durbin seen by Reuters on Thursday, the White House said it has allocated additional staff and added more processing locations in the Middle East to expedite the screening process without compromising U.S. security.

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“Therefore, we expect to admit more Syrians in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal year 2016 than we did in the first and second quarters to meet our goal of admitting at least 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year,” the letter said.

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