The U.S. will accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year, up from 70,000, and that total would rise to 100,000 in 2017, Kerry said at news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier after the two discussed the mass migration of Syrians fleeing their civil war.
Many, though not all, of the additional refugees would be Syrian, American officials have said. Others would come from strife-torn areas of Africa. The White House had previously announced it intended to take in 10,000 additional Syrian refugees over the next year.
America has always been a destination for refugees and I generally don’t have a problem with it as long as there are some decent safeguards in place to ensure that criminals and nasty diseases are kept out. Unfortunately, our illegal immigration crisis makes it more difficult for our nation to absorb true refugees.