Chart showing numberof Syrian refugges taken by the U.S. between 2011-2015 and the plan to take 10,000 by 2016
President Obama has agreed to raise the number of Syrian refugees admitted to at least 10,000 in the fiscal year beginning in October from fewer than 2,000 this year.
Aid groups called the administration’s action a token one given the size of the American economy and population, while a number of Republicans warned that Mr. Obama was allowing in potential terrorists. “Our enemy now is Islamic terrorism, and these people are coming from a country filled with Islamic terrorists,” said Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York. “We don’t want another Boston Marathon bombing situation.”
Obama Increases Number of Syrian Refugees for U.S. Resettlement to 10,000
Merkel Under Fire: German Conservatives Deeply Split over Refugees
As is often the case among Germany’s conservatives, this debate is about power and conceit. But this time, there is also an issue at the center of the clash. Seehofer and Merkel represent polar opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the refugee debate. Seehofer stands for barbed wire. Merkel stands for peace and acceptance.