syrian refugees

Iraq Vet Enters Delaware Race with Call to Accept 100,000 Syrian Refugees

There are now four Democrats vying to replace Carney, who isn't seeking re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Iraq War veteran Sean Barney on Tuesday became the fourth Democrat to enter the race for Delaware's open at-large congressional seat.  

He announced his campaign with a call for the U.S. to accept 200,000 refugees, including 100,000 from Syria, this fiscal year.  

Syrian Activist Warns 'Disgusting Ideas' About Refugees Will Backfire

Eid fears the American response to Syrian refugees will energize terrorists. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Kassem Eid, a Syrian opposition activist, has Washington's ear.  

Since he came to the United States on a tourist visa in March 2014, he's met with administration and State Department officials. He's been in touch with Democratic and Republican members of Congress. And he's appeared before the United Nations Security Council with U.N. ambassador Samantha Power.  

Vulnerable House Democrats Side With GOP on Refugee Bill

Ashford voted against the Republican bill to add an extra layer of bureaucratic certification to security checks for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nearly every member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program for vulnerable members voted Thursday for a Republican bill that would add bureaucratic security checks for Syrians and Iraqis hoping to enter the U.S. as refugees.  

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Democratic strategists say the vote was good politics for those 13 Democratic incumbents, who represent competitive districts of varying degrees. The vote gave them an opportunity to appear tough on national security, an issue they often struggle with.  

Markell Opens Arms to Syrian Refugees as Others Pause

Markell, center, speaks at the White House on Feb. 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images File Photo)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced on national TV Tuesday his state will continue to welcome Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, even as fellow governors across the country call for a moratorium on their admission.  

The Democrat touted his position in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and in an op-ed on CNN.com , saying these “are families in desperate straits.” “The situation in Syria in particular demands that we take every precaution before admitting someone inside our borders,” he wrote. “But we must show empathy by taking into account their individual situations and ensuring they are treated humanely.”  

Refugee Groups Scramble to Defend Syrian Resettlement

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a press conference of interfaith activists appealing to the Obama administration to accept more Syrian refugees in September. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images file photo)

Days after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, a handful of American nonprofit organizations, most of them Christian-affiliated, have suddenly found their work at the center of America's latest political fight.  

There's a growing list of politicians  who have taken aim at the United States' refugee vetting process, with more than half of the country's governors speaking out about resettling Syrians in their states.  

Two Senate Candidates Buck Parties on Syrian Refugees

Hassan joined GOP governors calling on the federal government to stop accepting refugees from Syria until vetting "is as strong as possible." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New Hampshire's Maggie Hassan has the distinction of being the only Democratic governor so far to call on the federal government to stop accepting Syrian refugees. At the same time, vulnerable Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is one of the few Republicans who is not calling for a halt on Syrian immigrants.  

Hassan, who's waging a competitive Senate contest against GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte, echoed the sentiment aired by Republican governors Monday. “The Governor believes that the federal government should halt acceptance of refugees from Syria until intelligence and defense officials can assure that the process for vetting all refugees, including those from Syria, is as strong as possible to ensure the safety of the American people," spokesman William Hinkle said in a statement .