The civil war in Syria coupled with ongoing conflicts in other Middle Eastern and North African nations has resulted in millions of refugees fleeing to Europe. For the estimated four million Syrian refugees desperate to escape the stark realities of war and violence, many regard the perilous voyage to Europe as their only hope of staying alive and rebuilding their lives.
For many Americans, the horrendous terrors that are taking place in Syria and other war-torn nations seem unfathomable. However, as more video footage and images of those seeking to migrate to safer regions surface, some U.S. residents and politicians are calling on the Obama Administration to do more to help these desperate individuals.
While European countries like Germany have pledged to take in some 800,000 fleeing migrants, to date, the U.S. has "only accepted 1,500 refugees from Syria." This small number is due in part to a lengthy screening process that seeks to identify individuals that may pose security risks to the U.S. Recently, in a letter to President Obama, 14 U.S. senators voiced their concerns about the burgeoning migrant problem, calling upon the president to do more and allow "at least 65,000 of the displaced Syrians" into the U.S. in the immediate future.
With the number of migrants streaming onto European soil only expected to increase, there's mounting pressure on the U.S. to take a more active role in the migrant crisis and take in more asylum seekers. Currently, for those seeking asylum in the U.S., the process can take up to two years and is incredibly complicated. An attorney who has deep knowledge of U.S. immigration laws with regard to humanitarian and asylum relief can assist.
Source: The New York Times, “Many Obstacles Are Seen to U.S. Taking in Large Number of Syrian Refugees,” David M. Herszenhorn, Sept. 4, 2015
CNN.com, “Refugee crisis builds pressure on U.S.,” Stephen Collinson, Sept. 4, 2015