U.S. Takes More Syrian Refugees than Planned

By: - October 6, 2016 12:00 am

A total of 12,587 Syrian refugees were admitted to the U.S. through the end of September, surpassing the goal of 10,000 set by President Barack Obama’s administration, according to a new U.S. State Department report.

The administration has proposed admitting a “significantly higher number” of Syrian refugees over the next year — despite objections from many of the nation’s governors who had sought unsuccessfully to block settlement of the refugees in their states. Exactly how many Syrian refugees are proposed for next year hasn’t yet been released.

A state-by-state breakdown of where the refugees have settled so far isn’t yet available. But the State Department said the top states for accepting them have been California, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Texas.

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Tim Henderson
Tim Henderson

Tim Henderson covers demographics for Stateline. He has been a reporter at the Miami Herald, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Journal News.