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Obama: U.S. Can Meet Goal of Accepting 10,000 Syrian Refugees

by The Associated Press /
Image: Turkish Border Remains Closed To Syrians
A young girl is seen waiting in line to pass through a border gate as a small number of Syrian refugees were allowed to return to Syria at the closed Turkish border gate in Kilis, Turkey, on Feb 8.Chris McGrath / Getty Images

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the U.S. can meet his goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by Sept. 30, the end of the federal budget year.

Obama says the goal he set last year has been challenging, partly because of the need to assure the U.S. public that refugees are being thoroughly checked out.

He says processes are in place to speed up the resettlements.

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz both called for blocking Muslims from being admitted to the U.S. following terrorist attacks last year in Paris and San Bernardino, California.

Obama says accepting Syrian refugees is "the right thing to do" because they are victims of terrorism, violence and suffering caused by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Obama commented at a news conference with college reporters.

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