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Offline larsonstdoc

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Kerry: US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017
« on: September 20, 2015, 06:19:57 pm »

BERLIN (AP) — Scrambling to address a growing Syrian refugee crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would significantly increase the number of worldwide migrants it takes in over the next two years, though not by nearly the amount many activists and former officials have urged.

The U.S. will accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year, up from 70,000, and that total would rise to 100,000 in 2017, Kerry said at news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier after they discussed the mass migration of Syrians fleeing their civil war.

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Re: Kerry: US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2015, 06:38:50 pm »
This is ridiculous. My half brother in Scotland cant come to this country because he wither needs $100,000 in the bank or he needs a family member here to sponsor him that can show through their tax return that they can afford to support him, his wife and my two nieces. He holds certificates of electrician and has been a general contractor in Scotland for over 20 years. He has the skills to get a job. We didn't know he existed and he found my father after 38 years and because the statute of limitations ran out, it was more than 18 years, his parent being an American citezen didn't qualify him. Yet they're going to let these people in? WTF, seriously?
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Re: Kerry: US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2015, 08:16:36 pm »
"The U.S. will accept 85,000 refugees....."

The word 'refugee' is also a legal term, meaning the host government is obligated by UN treaties to provide housing, medical care, and a host of other bennies to the 'refugee' population.  Keep that in mind when you see all the native homeless lining our city streets.

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Re: Kerry: US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2015, 08:31:35 pm »
Some interesting facts about Syria

Unemployment rate: 33% (2014 est.)
Population below poverty line: 11.9% (2006 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices): 34.8% (2014 est.)
Exports - partners: Iraq 63.8%, Saudi Arabia 11.1%, Kuwait 7%, UAE 6%, Libya 4.5% (2014)
Crude oil - production: 74,820 bbl/day (2013 est.)
Crude oil - proved reserves: 2.5 billion bbl (1 January 2014 est.)

Natural gas - production: 6.442 billion cu m (2012 est.)
Natural gas - proved reserves: 240.7 billion cu m (1 January 2014 est.)
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy: 50.92 million Mt (2012 est.)

World's ninth ranked producer of phosphate
Phosphates are the major minerals exploited in Syria. Production dropped sharply in the early 1990s when world demand and prices fell, but output has since increased to more than 2.4 million tons. Syria produced about 1.9% of the world's phosphate rock output and was the world's ninth ranked producer of phosphate rock in 2009. Other major minerals produced in Syria include cement, gypsum, industrial sand (silica), marble, natural crude asphalt, nitrogen fertilizer, phosphate fertilizer, salt, steel, and volcanic tuff, which generally are not produced for export.

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