Actor George Clooney and his new wife, Amal Alamuddin Clooney, both got a seat at a CEO Roundtable they attended Tuesday where President Obama discussed how to provide more opportunities for an unlimited flow of refugees.
Obama has pledged to increase the cap on refugees the United States takes in, from 85,000 in 2016 to 110,000 in 2017. But that is just through the refugee resettlement program. He has another plan for bringing in even more through the cooperation of CEOs and private activists.
As the Daily Caller has pointed out, education visas, training visas and work visas DO NOT COUNT under the refugee resettlement cap.
After his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Obama hosted another refugee meeting with more strategic plans to ramp up the numbers. At the CEO Roundtable he discussed his “Call To Action” plan with powerful CEOs and people of influence, announcing that 50 companies have pledged more than $650 million to “empower more than 6.3 million refugees across more than 20 countries.”
And in the U.S., Obama said that “today’s commitment means that we’re going to be creating employment opportunities for more than 220,000 refugees.”
He recognized George Clooney and the Clooney Foundation for Justice, along with Microsoft, Google and others, who are launching education opportunities for more than 80,000 refugees. “You have companies like Accenture, Western Union, and LinkedIn that are going to help with internships, skills training and job placement. Newton Supply Company, a small business in Texas that makes handbags, is going to make 90 percent of their bags with local refugees,” Obama added.
Clooney, 55, thanked Obama for his part in getting the $650 million in commitments together for refugee assistance.
The Daily Mail reports that Amal Clooney, 38, a human rights lawyer, is reported to be currently working on a legal case against ISIS on behalf of Nadia Murad, a former Yazidi sex slave, who she and her husband have taken into the care of their own home. She is calling on the U.K. to take in more refugees from Syria.
Mrs. Clooney said, “I would hope that more could be taken in. There has been one Yazidi family that has been given asylum so far in the UK. You have had a million refugees accepted in Germany in the last year and 70,000 of those have been Yazidis. In every other country it’s been literally a handful, so I’m hoping that can improve. That is something that my husband and I are doing in the US, for example, with the International Rescue Committees. If the Government disappoints then at least they should empower you to make a difference.”
She spoke at a separate meeting about the United Nations’ failure to take stronger action against ISIS, saying since ISIS has confessed to its crimes online, why isn’t more being done to stop them.
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