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Syrians only trickling in, but Obama State Dept. says they will get to 10,000 this year

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 23, 2016

We’ve been reporting, see here, that the US State Department is way behind in meeting Obama’s goal of admitting 10,000 Syrians to the US by the end of the fiscal year (September 30th).

However, here at The Nation, Lawrence Bartlett, Director of Refugee Admissions at the US State Department, says they expect to get them in here and located in 48 states (they would like to make it 49 with Montana) before that deadline:

Bartlett with map

Putting pins in the map? Bartlett, US State Dept. Refugee Admissions Director says they are aiming to get the 10,000 Syrians in here this year as Obama promised. Here he stands in front of the map showing 190 towns and cities where they could be located. Map:

It’s common for resettlement numbers to start low and increase by the end of the fiscal year. Still, the difficulty the administration will have in admitting a mere 10,000 Syrians in a single year underscores the deep political challenges facing the Obama administration in responding to the ongoing Syrian civil war. In the months since the announcement, high-profile terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have stoked anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States, and the already onerous refugee resettlement application process has become even more stringent for Syrians. Despite this, the State Department says it still plans to meet its goal.

“We remain steadfastly committed to the President’s plan to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States in FY [fiscal year] 2016,” said Lawrence Bartlett, director of the State Department’s Office of Refugee Admissions, in a statement to The Nation. “We have met our admissions goals for each of the last three years, and we are on target to meet the goal of admitting 10,000 refugees from Syria and 85,000 refugees from all over the world, by the end of this fiscal year.” (The State Department didn’t set specific goals for Syrian refugees until this year, and only 1,682 were admitted in FY 2015.)

Has the so-called “interview surge” started?

Bartlett added that to meet the new goal, “from February through April, additional staff will be posted to Jordan, where they will conduct and support interviews of 10,000 UNHCR-referred refugee applicants,” referring to the UN’s refugee agency. In addition to the new efforts in Jordan, Barlett said the United States “will restart Department of Homeland Security refugee resettlement interviews in Beirut, Lebanon on February 18, 2016.” The vast majority of Syrian refugees are in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon.

Still, it’s unlikely that any of the refugees who begin the screening process this month would be able to travel to the United States by October, the end of the fiscal year.

Read the whole article.  It sounds to me that (despite Obama’s pronouncements) we have many steadfast officials in our security apparatus that are taking the screening process very seriously.

See in red, one more reminder that the UN is picking our refugees!

For our many new readers:  Just now as I retrieved the link for the resettlement office map I was reminded that we have a page for “Frequently Asked Questions” on the header above.  Please visit it!

A list of all resettlement offices is here.

12 Responses to “Syrians only trickling in, but Obama State Dept. says they will get to 10,000 this year”

  1. […] So far Syrian (mostly Sunni Muslims) are only trickling in, see here. […]


  2. […] been reporting recently about plans underway to make Montana the 49th state that could see Syrian (mostly Muslim) refugees resettled there through the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program.  Click here for one […]


  3. Get them marching on out. Obama wants change alright. He wants those that are living to be dead.

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  4. This is a perfect illustration of the absolute disregard Obama and his regime have towards our countries unemployed people. These unwanted “refugees” will literally be flown in at taxpayer expense, will be given welfare, housing, health care, education, and will be coddled and protected by a slew of government agencies, who will recklessly squander taxpayer money persecuting anyone who dares to stand up to this insanity. We should be flying our own homeless “refugees” to communities where they stand a good chance of becoming employed, and shower them with all of the resources they only get a fraction of because they are not one of our precious refugees.

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  5. […] interestingly, in my previous post I mentioned an article in The Nation in which the author says that those states that have filed […]


  6. kerberos616 said

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  7. Darlene Plyter said

    LAST NIGHT WE SAW A CRAWL ON NEWS THAT SAID SOMETHING LIKE “Over 8,000 Cuban Refugees previously stuck in Costa Rica now headed for Juarez via airlift, will cross border into USA at El Paso…not all are Cubans, not all are legally seeking asylum since tensions have now eased in Cuba…”

    AND YESTERDAY THIS WAS FROM “TRUE THE VOTE”…. “0bama’s DoJ is going to Federal Court to facilitate Refugees to be able to vote in November Election ….
    http://truethevote org/lawsuit-obama-doj-goes-federal-court-facilitate-noncitizen-voter-registra ion

    WE FEEL SURE MANY ISIS WILL INFILTRATE AMONGST THESE REFUGEES: DANGER-DANGER-DANGER!! BUT they should NOT be able to [VOTE Democrat] like they’re planning for them!!

    Darlene in Georgetown TX


  8. It would be helpful for you to post easy to click links to state and federal senator and rep offices, for those of us who are not real computer savy, to click and email them with our resounding DON’T DO THIS comments.


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  10. […] Syrians only trickling in, but Obama State Dept. says they will get to 10,000 this year February 23, 2016 […]


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