Feds already raising Muslim refugee numbers
As millions of Syrians flee ISIS tyranny and violence, the Obama administration already is pushing higher the numbers of people he hopes to relocate to the United States.
Senior national security officials are discussing boosting the projected number from 70,000 in 2015 to 85,000 in 2016 and then 100,000 in 2017, reports Josh Rogin at Bloomberg View,
Importantly, the White House has until Sept. 30 to make a final determination on the number it will accept for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, and it could go higher yet.
Rogin said three administration officials gave him the numbers, and if the National Security Council Principals Committee agrees, the plan soon could be on President Obama’s desk.
The plan has the support of Samantha Power, the ambassador to the United Nations, as well as White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
But the problem with the plan, Rogin wrote, “no matter how quickly adopted, is how long it will take to have any effect.”
“Migrants applying for refugee asylum in the United States now will not have their applications considered until at least 2017 because of a long backlog. And once an application begins to be considered, the asylum seekers can face a further 18 to 24 months before they are granted or denied asylum.”