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Obama Tells Administration To Accept 10,000 Syrian Refugees

By Zach Toombs | September 10, 2015

The Obama administration will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in FY 2016. That's nine times the number in FY 2015. Registered Syrian refugees have fled the country since war began in 2011.

The president announced the plan Thursday, though John Kerry had hinted at it before. The plan's critics say it could put the U.S. at risk. 

Some countries in Europe are taking far more refugees. And the U.K. plans to take in 20,000 by 2020.

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Correction: A previous version of this video incorrectly said the number of Syrian refugees the Obama administration pledged to accept was six times the number accepted in fiscal year 2015. It was nine times that number. The video has been updated.

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