Pascrell: U.S. should follow Canada and take in more Syrian refugees

By Fausto Giovanny Pinto

NJ Advance Media for

March 11, 2016

United States Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9th Dist.) is urging President Barrack Obama to follow our northern neighbor’s lead and take in more Syrian refugees.

In letter sent to Obama this week, Pascrell and other U.S. congressmen urge the president to use a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday as a chance to discuss taking in more refugees.

Pascrell noted that the U.S. has only taken in 3,000 Syrian refugees since 2011, while Canada has taken in 25,000 in the last four months alone.

Do to the years-long internal strife inside Syria, more than half the country is currently displaced, according to Amnesty International.

More than 4.5 million Syrian refugees are currently in five Middle Eastern countries alone and looking for resettlement, the international aid organization said.

“As a global leader, Prime Minister Trudeau has shown his country’s commitment to welcoming Syrians fleeing persecution in unprecedented ways just as Canada has served as a global leader historically in welcoming Central American refugees,” the letter reads.

The congressman who represents parts of Passaic County, including Paterson, said it’s time for the U.S. to lead by example in refugee resettlement.

The U.S. government plans to take in about 85,000 refugees from around the globe, a small dent in the estimated 60 million refugees worldwide.

Last year, Obama said his administration would help resettle an extra 10,000 Syrian refugees but that plan came under fire from Governor’s around the nation, including Chris Christie.

Posted March 11 2016 at 11:47 AM Permanent Link

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