Obama has announced that he is increasing the refugee cap for the fiscal year 2017, from 85,000 to 110,000 new refugees to be brought into the U.S. from all over the world.
But he did not say how many of those would be from Syria. Now, a California World Relief refugee resettlement worker has slipped up and let the cat out of the bag. The organization is contracted by the federal government to settle new refugees within communities around the country.
In a story Monday by Cabinet Report, about how the flood of refugee growth is impacting California schools, an interview was conducted with Kirt Lewis, director of the World Relief Sacramento field office.
Lewis is quoted as saying, “Early indicators suggest the U.S. is going to see more Syrian refugees next year – probably between 20,000 and 30,000. As a rule of thumb, about 10 percent of those will end up settling in Northern California, and especially in Sacramento.”
Even after Obama met his goal of 10,000 Syrian refugees for fiscal year 2016, they have kept pouring in. U.S. State Department Assistant Secretary Ann Richard has stated that the number should be about 13,000 by September 30, the end of the fiscal year.
Now the World Relief organization reveals it knows something that has not been shared publicly – the new goal for 2017 is as high as 30,000 Syrian refugees.
In Sacramento, California, an area that has accepted a large percentage of the refugees, school resources are stretched to the max and looking for ways to expand, even considering building more classrooms.
“Our schools are working to address cultural and language barriers on a number of fronts,” said Trent Allen, spokesman for San Juan Unified School District, which covers Fair Oaks and other surrounding areas. “We have hired additional translation staff to help in face-to-face conversations as well as ensuring materials are accessible in families’ native languages.”
Cabinet Report states there are currently 843 refugee students in the district – 48 from Syria, 442 from Afghanistan, 207 from Iraq, 34 from Iran, and 52 from Ukraine and Russia. (That’s just in one school district.)
Overall, almost half of all refugees coming into the U.S. are Muslim, and among the Syrian Refugees, less than half of one percent are Christian – the rest are Suni Muslim.
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