A flood of Muslim refugees from Syria, an average of 358 per week to be exact, is expected to arrive in the United States between now and the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
The Obama administration has decided to implement a “surge” in Syrian refugees, fast-tracking the arrival of those fleeing civil war in that country to make good on its commitment of bringing 10,000 by the end of fiscal 2016.
The “surge” is needed because the administration has delivered only 1,411 in the first six-and-a-half months of the year.
The Obama administration’s scripted answer for anyone who questioned its ability to screen Syrian “refugees” was that they are the “most thoroughly vetted” of all immigrants, going through an arduous process that takes 18 to 24 months to complete.
But that process was taking longer than expected and making it impossible for Obama to make good on his promise to the United Nations to admit at least 10,000 Syrians in fiscal 2016.
To fulfill its promise, the administration has now decided to expedite the process, cutting the screening period from 18-24 months down to three months.
Administration officials have set up special screening centers in Jordan, where they will be interviewing potential Syrian refugees at a rate of 600 per day.
To realize the goal of 10,000 Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. by Sept. 30, the government will need to deliver 8,589 by that date, or an average of 358 per week.