Despite the fact that the FBI and CIA director have said that Syrian refugees cannot be screened properly, Barack Obama has put the program to resettle Syrian refugees in the country on the fast track.
The AP reported that so far only about 1,000 Syrian families have been brought to the US but that was because the process took 18 to 24 months. The US now has a speeded up “surge operation” in place.
President Barack Obama has set a target of resettling at least 10,000 Syrian refugees by Sept. 30th and he aims to meet that or to exceed it.
A resettlement center opened in Amman in February to help meet that goal, and about 600 people are interviewed every day at the center.
That is 600 a day!
The temporary processing center will run until April 28, said U.S. Ambassador Alice Wells.
Gina Kassem, the regional refugee coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, said that while the target of 10,000 applies to Syrian refugees living around the world, most will be resettled from Jordan.
“The 10,000 (figure) is a floor and not a ceiling, and it is possible to increase the number,” Kassem told reporters.
High-risk groups are given priority to include unaccompanied minor, victims of torture and gender-based violence.
The camps in Jordan do have terrorists though most are fleeing terror. Mission Network News reported that Syrian militants are among refugees fleeing to other countries, and they don’t leave their Islamic extremist practices behind. They have brought brutality and a culture of fear into some refugee camps, said the director of a ministry in the Middle East supported by Christian Aid Mission.
The UNHCR insists that the US resettle 65,000 Syrian refugees.