10K Syrian Refugees? We Once Did 80 Times That

The US once accepted 800K war refugees: Max J. Rosenthal
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2015 5:24 PM CDT
A Syrian woman holds her child after they arrived aboard a dinghy with others refugees from Turkey to Lesbos island, Greece, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.   (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

(Newser) – The US will accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, and that's great—but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the 800,000 Southeast Asian refugees we accepted after the Vietnam War. That's the argument in Mother Jones today, as writer Max J. Rosenthal quotes experts and activists who want to see the US do more. "Even if the US doesn't accept a large number of refugees—the 10,000 that will now be allowed into the US is about half the number of refugees who arrived in Munich from Hungary last weekend—merely taking action could help convince other nations to pitch in," Rosenthal writes. Click for his full piece.

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