The State Department set a single-day record on Monday, accepting more Syrian refugees in one day than the total for the entire months of January or February.
A stunning 225 people were admitted on Monday alone, reported The Washington Times.
“Increases in processing capacity have improved our capacity to meet the 10,000 target for Syrian refugee admissions for this fiscal year. As such, we expect Syrian refugee arrivals to the U.S. to increase steadily throughout the fiscal year,” a State Department agency official said.
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The department says refugees undergo “the most checks of anyone” applying to enter the U.S. and that Syrians are “getting as much scrutiny as possible.”
However, just in January, two men who came as refugees earlier were charged with terrorism-related offenses. One of the men came from Syria, but was Iraqi-born.
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“The Obama administration is on full throttle to admit as many people as possible before the time clock runs out on them,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
Congressional Republicans have asked for a slower approach to admitting refugee, while Democrats are actually trying to speed it up. Last week, Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, sent a letter that said other countries are approving refugees faster and demanded that the administration catch up. “Refugees are victims, not perpetrators, of terrorism,” the Democrats wrote.
Several states have tried to block the process, saying they will refuse to accept the refugees. Texas even sued to ban them, but a federal court rejected the lawsuit.
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