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Grassley Comments on Syria Situation

Posted: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 6:24 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Chemical weapons were recently used in Syria, resulting in the deaths of civilians, violating international law.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said it is inhumane and there are consequences, and last week the United States led airstrikes on chemical weapons facilities in Syria, as did France and the United Kingdom. Grassley said if there are no future uses of chemical weapons then there won’t be further military action, other than defeating ISIS. When asked if the U.S. should admit more refugees than last year Grassley told KCII News, “No, but we’re going to continue to admit refugees. And I doubt if there’ll be as many refugees as you might think, because, you know, they went by the hundreds of thousands to Europe and that has slowed down almost to a trickle. And the United States has a lesser number than we’ve had in the past, but we’re going to continue to take about 45,000 refugees a year.”

According to Department of State figures, the U.S. has allowed 11 Syrian refugees into the country since January 1st of this year. In 2017, 3,024 Syrian refugees were admitted to the U.S., more than 40% of those were under the age of 14.