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    US Sryian "Refugee" Processing Time Slashed

    Obama does whatever he wants.....cut from his statement of 18-24 months AND 9 Christians,1343 muslims is the count for this batch...

    Under New U.S. Syrian Refugee Surge, Processing Time Reportedly Slashed to 3 Months

    By Patrick Goodenough | April 7, 2016 | 4:17 AM EDT

    Syrian refugees at the Zaatari camp
    in Jordan. (Photo: UNHCR/S. Malkawi)

    (Update: Adds State Department comment)

    ( – As the Obama administration institutes a “surge” aimed at meeting its goal – currently way off-target – of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, the Associated Press has cited an official at the U.S. Embassy in Amman as saying that the time taken to process each admission is being cut to three months.

    “While the resettlement process usually takes 18 to 24 months, under the surge operation this will be reduced to three months, [regional refugee coordinator Gina] Kassem said,” the AP reported Wednesday.
    With the fiscal year now more than half over, the number of Syrian refugees admitted as of Wednesday stands at 1,353, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.

    In order to meet the 10,000 target by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, the AP report said that around 600 Syrian refugees were being interviewed daily at a “resettlement surge center” which was opened in Amman last February.

    “The U.N. Refugee Agency prioritizes the most vulnerable cases for resettlement, and then refers them to the U.S. to review, Kassem said. She said that priority is given to high-risk groups such as victims of torture and gender based violence and unaccompanied minors,” the AP reported.

    A State Department official disputed that security screening will be compromised.

    “All applicants will still be subject to the same stringent security and medical requirements that apply to all applicants for U.S. refugee resettlement,” the official said Thursday. “All other necessary procedures will remain unchanged.”

    “While this surge and other efforts will decrease the overall processing time for individual families, the average processing time worldwide remains 18-24 months,” the State Department official added. “As we said, neither this surge nor any of our efforts to expand processing capacity curtail any aspects of the security, medical, or other screening.”

    Throughout the debate over the potential security implications of President Obama’s plan to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. in FY2016, the administration has stressed that the application process – which includes vetting and interviews by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – takes 18-24 months.

    Security concerns deepened after the November 13 Paris terrorist attacks stoked fears that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) was using refugee admission programs to infiltrate Western countries.

    A number of Republican governors and several of the GOP presidential candidates called on the administration to reconsider the plan.

    Four days after the Paris attack, Obama mocked the critics, saying during a visit to the Philippines that the Republican presidential hopefuls talked tough about solving problems but “apparently they’re scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America as part of our tradition of compassion.”

    “Understand, under current law, it takes anywhere from, on average, 18 to 24 months to clear a refugee to come into the United States,” the president said. “They are subjected to the most rigorous process conceivable.”

    That process, Obama said, included vetting by the U.S. intelligence community and other agencies, as well as biometrics.

    “There is an entire apparatus of all of our law enforcement agencies and the center that we use for countering terrorism to check and ensure that a refugee is not admitted that might cause us harm,” he said.

    Last Tuesday, State Department spokesman John Kirby was asked about the challenge facing the administration in reaching the target of 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next six months, and again underscored the 18-24 month processing time.

    “We are still very committed to the goal of reaching 10,000 by the end of the [fiscal] year,” he said. “We are also equally committed to helping ensure the safety and security of the American people.”

    “As we’ve said, refugees from Syria are given the highest scrutiny of any other type of refugee,” Kirby said. “In the main, it takes 18 to 24 months for an individual – and by the way, we have to look at these from an individual basis.”

    “We look at each person,” he added. “It takes about a year-and-a-half to two years to work through that process.”

    Asked about processing time for infants, Kirby said 18-24 months was an average.

    “I can’t dispute the fact that some probably don’t take that long and some probably take longer than 24 months. I mean, it’s – 18 to 24 months is an average.”

    Of the 1,353 Syrian refugees admitted since the fiscal year began on October 1, 358 (26.4 percent) are males between the ages of 14 and 50, and 317 (23.4 percent) are females aged 14-50.

    Another 599 (44.2 percent) are children aged under 14, and 79 (5.8 percent) are men and women older than 50.

    Of the 1,353, nine (0.6 percent) are Christians, 1,317 (97.3 percent) are Sunni Muslims. Making up the rest are eight Shi’ites, 18 other Muslims, and one person identified in the data as “other religion.”
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    Many millions leaving Syria and no end in site to the war...hmmm... Syria will be an empty country soon and millions of muslims relocated around the world....hmmm... and conveniently, other muslim countries are sneaking in with them, fake passports and all...

    State seeks to pick up pace on bringing Syrian refugees to US

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    By Kristina Wong - 04/16/16 12:34 PM EDT

    The State Department is hoping to bring an average of nearly 1,500 Syrian refugees to the United States per month in order to meet President Obama's target of settling 10,000 refugees in the country by September.

    About 1,300 refugees have already been placed in the United States since Obama first made the commitment in September.

    That's far fewer than those taken in by European countries such as Germany, who has dealt with an unprecedented wave of migrants fleeing Syria's civil war, as well as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    Yet the settlement has provoked a significant backlash, mostly from Republicans, who argue it puts the U.S. at risk from terrorism.

    “It's clear that ISIS wants to, has planned on attempting to infiltrate refugee populations. This is a problem. If one person gets through who is planning a terrorist attack in our country, that's a problem,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, who recently returned from a trip to the region, said Thursday.

    “The administration — whether it's Homeland Security or the FBI, cannot tell us that they can adequately screen people. There isn't really a Syria to talk to on that end of the equation to vet people, so it is a problem,” Ryan told reporters.

    The State Department says it has fallen behind schedule in meting Obama’s goal partly due to a lack of personnel available to interview refugees.

    It is now doing a “surge operation” in Amman, Jordan, that is designed to process the rest of the Syrian refugees in as little as three months and leave them enough time to get to the U.S. before September.

    The State Department has devoted more staff in Amman to focus on processing Syrian refugees, as well as hired new employees, which the department says it needed anyway.

    “By putting more officers in one place we can conduct more interviews. Partly we have a backlog because we don’t have enough officers to interview people,” Larry Bartlett, the State Department's director of the Office of Refugee Admissions, told The Hill in a recent interview.

    “So part of it is a little bit of shifting. We’ve also done some new hiring, and it was hiring that was timely. Those were people we needed anyway but they came onboard in time for this surge operation,” said Bartlett. He did not say how many staff were added in Amman.

    The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has prioritized sending more refugees to the U.S. than other countries, he said.

    So far, about 9,500 Syrians have been interviewed in Amman since February 1, and 12,000 interviews should be completed by April 28, according to a State Department spokesperson.

    Republican critics argue that speeding up the process to as little as three months will make it easier for terrorists to slip through.

    Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), who co-authored a bill to pause and bolster the refugee screening process, called State’s surge operation “unsecure” and said Obama should shut it down immediately.

    “This will inevitably put our nation and our citizens at risk for future terrorist attacks,” he said in a recent statement.

    Zinke pointed to the Paris terrorist attacks in November, in which one of the attackers used a fake Syrian passport to pose as a refugee, possibly because his real identity was on a watch list.

    He also accused administration officials of using “bait and switch tactics” to ease public concern and reassure that screening refugees takes at least a year.

    Indeed, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters after the administration announced the 10,000 figure that the screening process would take “12 to 18 months.”

    “That process typically takes 12 to 18 months. And the reason for that process is that the safety and security of the U.S. homeland comes first,” he said on Sept. 10.

    The State Department insists it is not cutting corners on security with its new program.

    “The security screening in of itself doesn’t take 18 to 24 months,” Bartlett said. “The 18 to 24 month timeframe is what it would normally take us to process a case. And in this instance we’ve compressed the non-security portions of the case work so that it can be shorter.

    “The security portions have not been compressed in terms of what they’re looking at, and the standards that they’re using to either approve or disapprove someone,” he added.

    Bartlett said that in order to meet the 10,000 goal, Syrian refugees will also continue to be accepted from other nations as well as Jordan, to include Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. He said the State Department has just started to re-interview refugees in Lebanon.

    State Department officials have also said they are hoping to bring in even more than 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, since there is currently a ceiling of 85,000 refugees to the U.S., and it does not limit them by nationality.

    However, the plan to bring in 8,700 more refugees in the next several months will face stiff opposition, especially if it gains attention in the presidential race.

    GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has called for a temporary ban on Muslim migrants and fellow candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has called for imposing a religious test on refugees.

    But supporters of the program say the U.S. is doing the right thing. More than 4.7 million Syrians have registered with UNHCR.

    “What the people of the United States should understand is that our intention is to help the most vulnerable people and to do it in a way that respects the security of our nation,” Bartlett said. “This operation is consistent with that goal.”
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    NYT link has better visual understanding of maps...

    U.S. Reaches Goal of Admitting 10,000
    Syrian Refugees. Here’s Where They Went.

    By HAEYOUN PARK and RUDY OMRI AUG. 31, 2016

    The United States admitted its 10,000th Syrian refugee this week in a resettlement program announced by President Obama last fall, according to The White House.

    Under pressure from Europe and other countries confronting the global migration crisis last fall, Mr. Obama had raised the number of Syrian refugees who would be offered legal status to at least 10,000 in the 2016 fiscal year.

    Where Refugees Were Placed















    New York


    Des Moines





    Salt Lake City






    San Jose






    Kansas City

    Newport News

    St. Louis



    Las Vegas





    Los Angeles



    Santa Ana





    San Diego




    Fort Worth






    New Orleans


    San Antonio


    Delray Beach


    The refugees who have arrived from Syria since 2012 have been placed in 231 towns and cities.

    Some of them have reached large cities like Chicago and Houston, but most have been sent to more affordable, medium-size cities. Boise, Idaho, has accepted more refugees than New York and Los Angeles combined; Worcester, Mass., has taken in more than Boston.

    Refugees placed each year

    With the 10,000 admitted this fiscal year, the United States has now accepted nearly 12,000 Syrian refugees since the civil war began five years ago.

    Before the recent surge in admissions, Syrians were just a small percentage of all refugees allowed into the United States. In the 2015 fiscal year, just 2 percent of the 70,000 refugees admitted were from Syria. The majority were from Myanmar, Iraq and Somalia.

    In the past, the United States has admitted far larger numbers of refugees. In 1979, it provided sanctuary to 111,000 Vietnamese refugees, and in 1980, it added another 207,000. Around the same time, the country took in more than 120,000 Cuban refugees during the Mariel boatlift, including around 80,000 in one month alone.

    To ease integration, Syrian refugees
    have been placed in communities where
    there are other Syrian immigrants.

    More than 150,000 Syrians already live in the United States, according to census figures, and refugees who have relatives in the country are likely to be resettled with or near them.

    Those who do not have family in the United States are placed where jobs are more plentiful and the cost of housing is low.

    People with Syrian ancestry, per 100,000 residents

    Refugees receive help finding work and housing, but they are expected to become self-sufficient within a year. (HUH - don't think so but this is a NYTimes article)

    Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, a former construction worker from Syria, is among the latest group of refugees to be accepted, according to The Associated Press. Mr. Jouriyeh, his wife and four children are headed to San Diego, which has accepted more Syrian refugees since 2012 than any other city.
    Mr. Jouriyeh, 49, and his children. Raad Adayleh, The Associated Press
    Most of the refugees have been
    admitted in the past three months.

    While Mr. Obama’s resettlement program got off to a slow start, the administration reached its 10,000-refugee goal a month ahead of schedule. Eight months into the program, the United States had accepted only a quarter of the target.

    One challenge was that the Syrian refugees were subjected to an additional layer of background checks, which extended a lengthy vetting process.

    Source: Refugee Processing Center, U.S. State Department; Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Migration Policy Institute;
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