U.S. Struggles With Goal of Admitting 10,000 Syrians

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Té / 1 June 2016

President Obama invited a Syrian refugee to this year’s State of the Union and has spoken passionately about embracing refugees as a core American value, writes Julie Hirschfeld Davismay in The New York Times.

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Syrians fleeing Aleppo arrive at the Turkish border. Photo: IOM

But nearly eight months into an effort to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States, Mr. Obama’s administration has admitted just over 2,500. And as his administration prepares for a new round of deportations of Central Americans, including many women and children pleading for humanitarian protection, the president is facing intense criticism from allies in Congress and advocacy groups about his administration’s treatment of migrants.

They say Mr. Obama’s lofty message about the need to welcome those who come to the United States seeking protection has not been matched by action. And they warn that the president, who will host a Summit meeting on refugees and migrants in September during the United Nations General Assembly session, risks undercutting his influence on the issue at a time when American leadership is needed to counteract a backlash against refugees.

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