According to the Washington Post, a source close to Secretary of State Kerry revealed plans by the Obama administration to increase the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. to 110,000 in 2017, representing a 30% increase over the 2016 target and a 57% increase from 2015.
Kerry briefed lawmakers Tuesday on the new goal, which is an increase from 85,000 in fiscal 2016 and 70,000 in the previous three years. It represents a 57 percent increase in refugee arrivals since 2015, as ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have spurred an exodus of migrants seeking asylum in Europe, Canada and other regions.
A senior administration official, who asked for anonymity because the policy has not yet been officially announced, said the target "is consistent with our belief that all countries should do more to help the world's most vulnerable people."
The official added that Kerry told lawmakers "that if it is possible to do more" in terms of accepting refugees, "we would."
Hillary has confirmed her support for increasing refugee targets calling for the admittance of 65,000 refugees from Syria alone versus only 10,000 in 2016.
Of course, Trump's position on the issue has been controversial, to say the least, from the start. Trump originally called for a ban on all Muslm immigrants and then modified his stance to call for the U.S. to "suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies."
Trump: Will suspend immigration from areas in the world where there is proven history of terrorism against U.S. https://t.co/rHkpUr7xiL
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) June 13, 2016
Meanwhile, Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) warns that the U.S. must balance its desire to be "compassionate" with a "common sense" approach that considers the "impact on local communities."
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) criticized the decision, saying policymakers should focus on reforming the nation's system for admitting refugees rather than having the White House set goals.
"For generations, the United States has been a safe haven for people fleeing persecution. We must remain compassionate toward refugees but we also need to make sure that we use common sense," Goodlatte said in a statement. "Unfortunately, President Obama unilaterally increases the number of refugees resettled in the United States each year and gives little thought as to how it will impact local communities. The president also continues to ignore warnings from his own national security officials and plans to bring in even more Syrian refugees over the next year."
Frankly, were not sure why this is a big deal. Everyone in Europe seems to be handling the influx of refugees pretty well. A fact we recently noted here.
French farmers, truckers and police have all united in a major protest in Calais, France calling on President Hollande to announce specific plans for the demolition of the "Jungle" camp which houses around 7,000-9,000 refugees primarily from Northern Africa and the Middle East. Farmers and truckers have parked their trucks and tractors on major freeways effectively creating a blockade of the Calais port.
— Gilles Klein (@GillesKLEIN) September 5, 2016
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) September 5, 2016