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Obama administration demands 30 percent boost in refugees


President Obama wants the U.S. to take 30 percent more refugees next year, top administration officials told Congress on Tuesday, calling for Americans to do more on the world stage at a time when many voters are already balking at the current pace.

The announcement seems designed to boost Mr. Obama’s hand for next week, when he is scheduled to host a summit on the sideline of the U.N. General Assembly, pressing international leaders for action on a global refugee crisis.

At home, however, his refugee target is likely to renew controversy over the ability of the U.S. to absorb newcomers, particularly from countries where vetting is not easy and where terrorist networks have said they want to insert operatives into the refugee stream.

“The common-sense concerns of the American


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