Last year, the Obama administration announced it would accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, and it will reportedly achieve this goal on Monday, CNN reports.
This might seem like a large number to accept, but it's only a fraction of the total number of Syrian refugees: around 4.8 million.
On Sunday, the US ambassador to Jordan, Alice Wells, stated,
There are some in the US who believe accepting refugees puts the US at a higher risk of experiencing terror attacks.
Donald Trump, in particular, has frequently painted Syrian refugees as especially dangerous.
But the screening process for refugees is very extensive and stringent, lasting 18 to 24 months on average before they are approved for admission to the US.
As Alice Wells stated,
In other words, there is not a huge danger in accepting Syrian refugees, as some politicians have attempted to argue.
There is also a case to be made the US could accept even more refugees.
With over 20 million refugees worldwide, we are currently witnessing the worst refugee crisis since World War II.