The United States is preparing for an influx of 10,000 additional Syrian refugees in 2016, according to the White House.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed to reporters during the daily press briefing that Obama had directed the U.S. government to prepare for a total of 10,000 additional refugees from Syria in 2016.
“The fact is, these are human beings that are in a terrible, desperate, vulnerable situation,” Earnest said. “That’s why the president has directed his national security team to continue to play a leading role in our response to this situation.”
According to Earnest, that would bring the total of 100,000 political refugees that would be welcome to the United States in 2016. He admitted, however, that they would need additional funds from Congress to make it happen.
Earnest confirmed that the refugees would be vetted before they were allowed to stay in the United States.
He described the refugee situation as a “terribly difficult challenge” but that they were hopeful that more countries in Europe would also raise their levels of refugees.