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The White House wants to accept at least 110,000 refugees. That's a 30 percent increase.

If it is possible to do more [in terms of helping refugees], we would.
Anonymous administration official

The Obama administration has increased its target number of refugees accepted from 85,000 to 110,000. That's a  30 percent increase over fiscal year 2015.

Secretary of State John Kerry revealed the deal to lawmakers on Tuesday, The Washington Post reports.

We must remain compassionate toward refugees but we also need to make sure that we use common sense.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte

The refugee crisis has been a controversial topic for the entire election cycle, with Republicans generally opposing a higher refugee goal. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte criticized the decision in a statement. 

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) called the plan "reckless and extreme." 

Around the world, 24 people are forced to flee their homes every minute, the U.N. reports.

It is clear that some remain extremely vulnerable in their countries of asylum and would benefit from resettlement.
Congressional report

This announcement precedes a United Nations refugee summit that President Obama is hosting on Monday. 

Trump's campaign hasn't taken kindly to allowing more refugees.

But others think fears over security are unfounded.

Should the US allow more refugees?

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