Kerry: US committed to accepting more refugees to aid allies

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 9, 2015 at 11:41 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the migrants who've tried to make their way to Europe from the Middle East and Africa may be ending up in the United States.

Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is committed to increasing the number of refugees it is willing to take in. After meetings with lawmakers today, Kerry said officials are "looking hard at the number we can specifically manage with respect to the crisis in Syria and Europe."

Kerry met with members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees. He did not give any specifics on the number of additional refugees the U.S. may be willing to take.

The U.S. has vowed to help its European allies with an escalating migrant crisis. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday that the Obama administration has been looking at a "range of approaches" for assisting U.S. allies with 340,000 people freshly arrived from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Many are fleeing parts of Iraq that are under the Islamic State group's control.

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183-w-29-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent, with Secretary of State John Kerry)--The Obama administration says it's committed to accepting more refugees as European allies struggle to deal with a crisis. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports from the Pentagon. (9 Sep 2015)

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176-a-11-(Secretary of State John Kerry, with reporters after briefing lawmakers about the European migrant crisis)-"what we can"-Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is pledging to help its European allies with the migrant crisis. (9 Sep 2015)

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APPHOTO DCSW101: Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, on the escalating migrant crisis. Kerry plans to brief members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees on Wednesday about how many Syrian refugees the U.S. is willing to take in. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (9 Sep 2015)

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