The Obama administration is on track to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States before October, the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Wednesday.
Jeh Johnson said “over 7,000” Syrian refugees have already arrived in the country and “there are several thousand who have been approved and are just awaiting the physical resettlement.”
“So I believe we will make the commitment to resettle 10,000 refugees this fiscal year,” Johnson told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor in Washington.
That’s “a significantly larger number than last year,” Johnson noted, putting the 2015 figure at “about 1,600.”
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