President Obama will renew his appeal for world leaders to accept more refugees in his final appearance at the United Nations on Tuesday, even as a series of suspected Islamist terrorist attacks in the U.S. raised fresh questions about the administration’s plan for welcoming immigrants from Syria, The Washington Times reports.
The president will convene a summit at U.N. headquarters in New York City, seeking agreements from countries to double the number of refugees resettled each year. To show his commitment, Mr. Obama plans to raise the U.S. limit on refugees next year to 110,000, up from 85,000.
As he prepared to make his international appeal, however, Mr. Obama faced renewed criticism at home from the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over the administration’s immigration and national security policies after suspected terrorist attacks this weekend in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota.
“We need to get smart and get tough fast so that this weekend’s attacks do not become the new normal here as it has in Europe and other parts of the world,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “I will bring an end to these senseless acts of violence. We will not allow political correctness and soft-on-terror, soft-on-crime policies to threaten our security and our lives.”
Mr. Trump cited an internal Homeland Security Department audit Monday showing that the U.S. mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from “special interest countries” that present national security concerns or high rates of immigration fraud. He said the report “puts this weekend’s attacks in a broader perspective.”