Senators push to allow more Syrian refugees
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Senators push to allow more Syrian refugees

US has so far resettled some 100 people fleeing the three-year civil war

Thousands of Syrian refugees crossing into Iraq on August 15, 2013. (photo credit: AP/HO)
Thousands of Syrian refugees crossing into Iraq on August 15, 2013. (photo credit: AP/HO)

WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican senators say the US should offer a home to more Syrian refugees.

Syria’s civil war will soon enter its third year. More than 2 million have fled the Arab country, straining neighboring Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Many live under awful conditions.

US aid totals $1.3 billion. But the US has resettled about 100 Syrian refugees since fighting began.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin lamented the figure may only rise to a few hundred this year. He criticized overly restrictive US immigration laws for refugees.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz, whose father was born in Cuba, also highlighted the crisis, citing the plight of Christian refugees.

US officials cited procedural delays. They said far more refugees could arrive in 2015.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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