Press ignores Congress, voters on refugees


Newsrooms are calling on the federal government to allow the unfettered resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States, even as clear majorities in the public and in Congress support enhanced background checks, and some want to stop the process altogether.

Fifty-three percent of Americans want to put a stop to the White House's efforts to bring in more refugees, a Bloomberg Politics national poll released Wednesday found. A mere 28 percent of respondents in the same survey said they were happy with the system currently in place for accepting asylum seekers.

An NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll found meanwhile that 56 of Americans say they oppose allowing Syrian refugees, many of who are fleeing civil war and the horrors of the Islamic State, into the United States. Only 41 percent of respondents in the same poll said they approve of the White House's resettlement efforts.

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