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Obama Vows to Stick by Pledge to Resettle 10,000 Syrian Refugees

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016 12:58 PM

President Barack Obama has no intention of backing down from his promise to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the U.S. by October, even after the Orlando nightclub attack by a terrorist who swore allegiance to the Islamic State, The Washington Examiner reports.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has heavily criticized the plan, saying it endangers American security because the screening of the refugees is not nearly stringent or reliable enough. Trump has proposed a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the country.

A White House National Security Council spokesman said the administration remains committed to the plan, even though some 8,000 refugees waiting to enter the U.S. have not yet undergone screening.

The spokesman insisted that the screening of the refugees is very rigorous and the checks involve multiple U.S. agencies.

Obama has reiterated his pledge after each Islamic terrorist attack in western countries, including the U.S., even after it was revealed that at least one of those who carried out the Paris attacks this past November that killed 130 people arrived in Europe as a Syrian refugee.

But despite the verbal commitment, The Huffington Post points out that only 2,500 have been admitted to the U.S. so far, which pales in comparison to the 300,000 taken in by the much less populous Germany and the some 30,000 sheltered by Canada, which has just a fraction of the U.S. population.

Despite Republican attempts to restrict the flow of refugees, such as congressional legislation passed earlier this year tightening the visa waiver laws, Obama and the Democrats continue to couch the issue in terms of upholding American values.

Breitbart reports that Democratic congressmen are pressing for the numbers of refugees to be increased, circulating a letter that says "Successfully resettling refugees from the Syrian civil war is consistent with our values as a nation, with our role as a global leader, and with the historic precedents of similar periods of conflict."

The letter also points out that these refugees are fleeing both ISIS and the regime of Bashar Assad, both of whom are enemies of the U.S., so "We must not let these adversaries win by denying safe haven to those fleeing their savagery."

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President Barack Obama has no intention of backing down from his promise to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the U.S. by October, even after the Orlando nightclub attack by a terrorist who swore allegiance to the Islamic State, The Washington Examiner reports.
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