US to meet target of settling 10,000 refugees this year: Kerry

The United States will welcome 10,000 refugees from Syria this fiscal year as it promised, Secretary of State John Kerry says.

“Tonight, I can announce proudly that we will meet President Obama’s goal of welcoming 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States in the current fiscal year,” Kerry said Tuesday night at a dinner in Washington to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

The US State Department previously had said that it planned to let in 1,500 Syrian refugees each month by September.

Up until April, the department had placed some 1,300 in the US and said it was way behind the projected schedule that was first set by Obama last September.

“Those are refugees, which is different from normal process of migration and green card and becoming a citizen and so forth. It’s a very different category,” Kerry said. “It’s also representing six-fold increase over what we did the year before.”

“I’m proud to say that the United States is by…

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