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September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016 | News Releases on

Obama's speech fails to address refugee crisis

President Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly today, defending his foreign policy of selective engagement. He also hosted a refugee summit with U.N. leaders, bypassing Congress, to discuss commitments to admitting hundreds of thousands of refugees to the U.S. through resettlement or other legal pathways.

“This continues a pattern of President Obama using the U.N. to advance policy priorities that lack support of Congress and the American people,” said Heritage U.N. expert Brett Schaefer

Heritage national security experts Steve Bucci and David Inserra have outlined a plan the administration should take to help refugees and keep the homeland safe. "The flow of refugees arises from a larger problem in Syria and Iraq,” Bucci said. “The U.S. needs to address the root cause, and that means doing more with our allies in the region to defeat the Islamic State and other Islamist terrorists. If the President decides the U.S. should provide additional help to refugees fleeing persecution in Syria and other countries, the Administration should fully follow the law as established and present a risk assessment to Congress of what he proposes to do."

Read the plan here.

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