For many, it was a very exciting thing. The Administration had reached its goal of 10,000 refugees a month early. With that goal met, and the administration already stating that 10,000 was the minimum, there is no doubt that we will see these numbers continue to climb.
We can also see another trend continue; there is likely to be an increase in the rate per month that these Syrians will be brought to America.
The Washington Times reports
The U.S. welcomed its 10,000th Syrian refugee Monday afternoon, achieving President Obama’s goal with more than a month to spare in the fiscal year — and there are some 30,000 more waiting in the wings and ready to be resettled if the administration can handle them.
Human rights advocates said 10,000 is a good start but called for Mr. Obama to quickly ramp up the process. Congressional critics, meanwhile, fear the administration cut corners to boost its numbers, which jumped from fewer than 200 a month in October to more than 2,000 in each of June, July, and August.
It should not surprise us if they bring about another tenfold increase in the resettlement rate. Especially if we consider that there are several thousand already approved to enter the U.S.
The Times continues
White House and State Department officials wouldn’t commit to a new target. But the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has cleared at least 46,000 people it has referred for resettlement in the U.S. since 2013, and only about 12,000 of those have been accepted so far, leaving more than 30,000 available should the U.S. raise its goals.
There is no doubt that Obama is seeking to leave his mark on the immigration situation in America. We will have to wait to see the impact this will have on our safety and security.