Earlier, Hillary Clinton had urged the United States to take in more Syrian refugees.
Kerry, who is in Berlin to meet with his German counterpart to discuss the refugee crisis, said a large number of the 85,000 who will come to the us during the upcoming fiscal year will be from Syria.
“In consultation with Congress, we will continue to explore ways to increase those figures while maintaining robust security”, Kerry told a news conference after meeting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Sunday.
“I’m pleased to announced that today the United States will significantly increase our numbers for refugee resettlement in the course of this next year and the year after,” Kerry said.
“We’re doing what we know we can manage immediately”, he said. To add another 15,000 would likely cost the government at least another $200 million. The 70,000 refugees admitted past year were primarily from Myanmar, Iraq and Somalia. Some actively pushing for the admission of the refugees are angry that more are not being permitted to relocate, according to Fox News.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that about 3 million Syrians have left to seek safety in neighboring countries and another 6.5 million are internally displaced within Syria. SzijjÃ¡rtÃ³ said: “We are a state that is more than 1,000 years old that throughout its history has had to defend not only itself, but Europe as well many times”.
Last week House Homeland Security Committee chair Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced legislation that would give Capitol Hill an up-or-down vote on the administration’s previous plan to allow at least 10,000 more refugees into the U.S.
“ISIS and other terrorist groups have made it abundantly clear that they will use the refugee crisis to try to enter the United States“, the two wrote in a statement. “It is terrifying that on the one hand there is more and more impunity for those starting conflicts, and on the other there is seeming utter inability of the worldwide community to work together to stop wars and build and preserve peace”, Guterres stressed. As Press staff writer Sue Guinn Legg reported recently, church leaders and parishioners at Heritage Baptist Church in Johnson City are calling attention Syrian refugee crisis by showing their support for relief missions underway in Hungary.
Following his weekend visit to Jordan and Egypt, European Council President Donald Tusk, who chairs European Union summits, said the EU needed to help Syrian refugees find a better life closer to home.