When people flee from their home country because of fears of violence, they might opt to seek asylum in the United States. Some people might come to the U.S. as refugees instead of seeking asylum here. In the U.S., the president sets the limit for the number of refugees that can come into the country each year. That limit doesn't include people from Cuba, unaccompanied minors, those seeking asylum or victims of human trafficking.
As the Oct. 1 deadline for the updating of the number of refugees that can come into the country looms, people are calling for an increase in the number of Syrian refugees who will be allowed to come into the country.
President Obama has said that he wants to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the upcoming year. Other lawmakers are saying that figure is way too low. Secretary of State John Kerry says that he would like to increase the number of total refugees from the 70,000 limit this year up to 75,000 this coming year.
The increase in the number of refugees isn't something that everyone is comfortable with. Some Republicans are worried about refugees being a national threat because they are unsure of the screening methods that are in place.
No matter what is decided in Washington, D.C. regarding the refugee cap for the upcoming year, people seeking asylum might still be interested in coming to the United States to get away from violence or persecution in their own country. Understanding the process might help them to decide how to plan their journey.
Source: USA Today, "Syrian refugees in U.S. could exceed 10,000, U.N. ambassador says," Gregory Korte, Sep. 16, 2015