The Syrian Civil War has displaced millions—and now America will be making room for a few more of them. As Al Monitor reports:
US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard says the United States will dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed to resettle permanently in the United States from about 350 this year to close to 10,000 annually as the crisis grinds on into its fifth year. […]After initial vetting by UNHCR, Syrian refugees who want to resettle in the United States must be interviewed by officers of the Department of Homeland Security at US diplomatic facilities in Amman, Jordan or Istanbul, Turkey.
Millions of Syrians have been displaced by years of war, and Arab countries with small budgets have been stretched the breaking point. Western countries have so far barely taken any—particularly, ironically, the countries that have been most involved in the region, like Britain and the U.S.America has a strong record of assimilating and integrating refugees, and the number is still small enough to allow for vetting for security concerns. This decision should help ease the diplomatic burden as we work with allies like Jordan in the fight against ISIS, while also being sound on humanitarian grounds.