Sen. shaheen: United States can do more on Syrian refugee crisis

October 14, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jeanne shaheen, D-NH, wrapping up a visit to Europe to better understand the Syrian refugee crisis, said America should contribute more to the humanitarian response.

The shaheen-led Senate delegation met with leaders in Greece, Ukraine and Germany, and met with some refugees.

"We're among those members of Congress who think that the United States can and should do more, both to try and take in more of the refugees who have been vetted, but also to support - in every way we can - the humanitarian crisis that has been created," shaheensaid Tuesday in a conference call, from Germany, with New Hampshire reporters.

"It reinforced my belief that we need to try to do all we can to support this effort," she said.

The delegation included a stop in Greece to discuss economic and debt issues in that country.

shaheen is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe Affairs. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is one of the senators on the delegationtrip. When asked about the number of refugees possibly coming to the U.S., shaheennoted that Secretary of State John Kerry recently said the U.S. would increase global refugee admissions to 100,000 by 2017.

President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year.


Source: Union Leader