According to the Los Angeles Times, the Obama administration is considering relocating thousands of Syrians who have been displaced by the country’s ongoing civil war. The refugees would be placed in numerous towns and cities throughout the U.S.
Two years into a civil war that shows no signs of ending, the Obama administration is considering resettling refugees who have fled Syria, part of an international effort that could bring thousands of Syrians to American cities and towns.
A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families.
The State Department is “ready to consider the idea,” an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure.
According to the report, Congress rejected a similar plan for Iraqi refugees in 2003. The current White House may push the idea based on recommendations from newly minted national security adviser, Susan Rice, who is said to support a pro-refugee plan.
Kerry Picket at Breitbart explains that the plan could still be a hard sell, considering the current immigration reform climate.
Congress is unlikely to warm up to the idea of agreeing to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees into the U.S. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who are currently pushing immigration reform bills, particularly aimed at Latinos who are in the country illegally, will need to explain why they may favor or oppose resettling thousands of Syrian refugees.
Do you trust your government to make such a transition while successfully keeping Al Qaeda militants from sneaking in under this program?