BuzzFeed: Refugee Advocates Say Obama’s Plan To Take In 10,000 Syrians Is Not Enough
Sep 10, 2015
BuzzFeed news reported on the reaction to news that President Obama gad instructed the State Department to prepare to receive at least 10,000 additional Syrian refugees into the U.S. by the end of September. Many of the refugee advocates they spoke with found the number to be exceptionally low. They write:
Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, was incredulous at what he considered to be a low number.
“I’m sincerely hoping this is a typo, I hope the president forgot a digit,” he told BuzzFeed News. “It just shows no leadership in this area, it’s not even enough to be a symbolic gesture.”
Hetfield added that though it is an increase from the 1,500 Syrian refugees who were originally to be taken in, allotting 10,000 to 15,000 slots for a specific country in a crisis is “business as usual,” he said. “We have four years to make up for … we need to take in at least 100,000 more.”
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