The United States of America is the largest single donor to the Syrian humanitarian response, having contributed more than $4.1 billion in humanitarian aid since the conflict began. This funding provides life-saving assistance such as food, medical care, and shelter to millions of vulnerable individuals in Syria and throughout the region.
We understand the huge challenges that the European states are facing and welcome continuing efforts to seek a comprehensive, coordinated response. We have also stressed that any solution to the crisis should focus on saving and protecting lives, ensuring the human rights of all migrants are respected, and promoting orderly and humane migration policies.
Refugee resettlement reflects the United States’ highest values and aspirations to compassion, generosity and leadership. President Obama has directed his team to significantly increase the number of Syrian refugees the U.S. will accept next year. We recognize that admitting more Syrian refugees to the U.S. is only part of the solution, but the President believes this policy decision is consistent with our responsibility to do more.
The U.S. has welcomed more than 3 million refugees for resettlement since 1975—more than any country in the world. The U.S. remains deeply committed to achieving the dual goals of safeguarding the American public from threats and providing refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, most of whom are themselves, the victims of terrorism. Refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the U.S. Screening includes the involvement of the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense.
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