US under pressure to accept more Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees land on the shores of the Greek island Lesbos in an inflatable dingy on September 3, 2015As the world watches drowned refugees wash up on Europe’s beaches, the United States is also under pressure to do more to help the desperate victims of Syria’s civil war. Since fighting erupted in 2011 the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has recommended 17,000 Syrians for resettlement in the United States. Traditionally, the United States has led the world in accepting and resettling large numbers of those fleeing persecution, but refugee advocates warn it has fallen behind on Syria.

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