Washington is weighing in on a problem halfway around the world that could soon be at our back door.
Millions of refugees fleeing Syria have become too much for Europe to bear. And the Obama Administration is looking at bringing some of them here.
We don’t know when and we don’t know how many, but the Syrian refugee crisis could soon cross into our borders.
They’re fleeing Syria in droves – 4 million so far plus another 7 million + displaced inside that country.
Europe can’t handle them all. “How can President Obama say it is our moral obligation to do what we can to prevent the worst atrocities in our world, but refuses to do anything?” Sen. John McCain, (R) Arizona.
Lawmakers aren’t sure what to do. “What our role is in trying to help resolve it is frankly unclear to me at this moment,” House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.
The Obama Administration is looking at bringing some refugees here. “We are committed to increasing the number of refugees that we take, and we are looking hard at the number that we can specifically manage,” said Secretary of State John Kerry.
But there are security concerns: “I don’t obviously put it past the likes of ISIL to infiltrate operatives among these refugees.” James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence.
But the real solution may be political – stopping the conflict. “…to bring about a peaceful solution to the war because that’s what’s driving these refugees to flee.” Bob Kitchen, International Rescue Mission.
There’s no timetable yet on when the U.S. will make a decision.
– Tracie Potts in Washington.