Gretchen's Take: America's track record on Middle Eastern refugees

My take today is on the refugee crisis in Syria and Europe and looks at what the United States should do. Thursday, the White House announced that the U.S. should be prepared to help at least 10,000 refugees.

So let's take a look at the amount of care the U.S. has already
been giving refugees over the last 5 to 7 years.

According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services, the United
States admitted 115,617 refugees from the Middle East between 2008-2013. Another 10,026 were granted asylum.

Middle Eastern countries included countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Syria and others ...

Of those immigrants and refugees ... more than 90 percent are being helped by the government through
welfare programs like food stamps.

The Migration Policy Institue also notes that the U.S. has taken in about 20 percent of the world's international migrants. And the Census projects that another 14 million will arrive in the U.S. between now and 2025.

So there's no doubt America has been helping. The big question is:  What is the right thing to do... now.

Let me know what you think.