Following other countries opening their doors to those fleeing the war in Syria, President Obama directed his administration to see that 10,000 Syrian refugees be accepted into the United States.
Hundreds have fled the war-torn country, facing immense violence from ISIS — the terrorist group occupying the area — with not many places to go until this week. The United States joins countries such as Iceland and Germany who have opened their doors to those seeking safety.
The New York Times reports that the U.S. plans to accept 10,000 people over the course of a year, starting Oct. 1. The Obama Administration's Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed the news on Thursday.
Though we're helping, the amount of people the U.S. plans to help is staggeringly small compared to others, like Germany, which has pledged to accept up to 800,000 people.
Since the war, the U.S. has only taken in 1,300 refugees.
Earnest cited "significant fiscal consequences" as the reasoning.
Still, that number could rise as the New York Times reports that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has already allotted 18,000 cases to America for resettlement.
Many of which, the Times reports, are mostly children, many victims of torture and obscene violence. A photo of a toddler's dead body on the beach recently went viral. His family was trying to seek refuge in Greece.
Due to these terrible circumstances, these refugees lack other options.
"Leaving my country ... it is a bad feeling when it is not a choice," one told the Guardian.
It's about time the U.S. opened its doors.
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