Politics

Obama Administration Strikes Back With Pointed Fact Sheet About Syrian Refugees

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Donald Trump recently claimed that 250,000 Syrian refugees will be resettled in the  United States. Though other Republican presidential candidates have flouted similar figures, the Obama administration has pointedly issued a fact sheet debunking that claim, The Hill reported.

“Since the conflict in Syria began in Fiscal Year 2011, the United States has admitted just over 2,200 Syrian refugees. In Fiscal Year 2016, the Administration remains committed to its goal of resettling at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States,” the fact sheet issued by the State Department reads.

Though the United States did accept about 70,000 refugees in 206, it plans to accept 85,000 in 2016 and 100,000 in 2017, which could have lead candidates to the conclusion that the U.S. is accepting 250,000 Syrian refugees. However, only a small fraction of those refugees are from Syria.

The State Department also reiterated that their screening process is rigorous. “We have, for years, safely admitted smaller numbers of Syrian refugees and we have a great deal of experience screening and admitting larger numbers of refugees from other chaotic environments, including where intelligence holdings are limited,” the statement reads. Syrian refugees also undergo an additional screening, which is classified.

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The fact sheet also noted that not a single Syrian refugee has been arrested or removed on terrorism charges. “Refugees are not terrorists. Many refugees are victims of terrorists.”

Sources: The U.S. Department of State, The Hill Image via Freedom House/Flickr