WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — President Barack Obama announced in September 2015 that the United States would process up to 100,000 refugees from across the globe, including 10,000 from Syria.
“When it comes to refugees and asylum, the president has a lot of authority… and if a president wanted to stop all refugees from entering the United States, they could do so with the stroke of a pen,” Hetfield warned.
Hetfield, who is the director and CEO of HIAS Services, the oldest US refugee assistance organization, argued that the tone of the 2016 presidential campaign is a “big concern.”
“Refugees never used to be a partisan issue,” Hetfield noted. He further explained that the president has profound leverage in policy impacting refugees and asylum seekers, because the status of those persons is not a legally guaranteed right.
During the Democratic primary elections, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders said they would accept tens of thousands more refugees from Syria, specifically.