President Donald Trump on Thursday called on Americans to take “many more” refugees from Syria.
“It’s a crisis that we can’t ignore,” Trump said during a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May in the White House Rose Garden.
“The Paris attacks have taken a terrible toll on our country.
It’s a tragic situation, and it’s not going to go away.
So we’re going to take many more of them.”
The White House had already called for 100,000 refugees to be admitted to the US in 2020 and said Trump is seeking an additional 10,000.
The Paris attack in which more than 130 people were killed has prompted the US and European countries to tighten border security in response to concerns of a terror threat.
“We are taking a number of steps that we’re pleased with and we will continue to do so,” Trump told reporters.
“This is a terrible tragedy and we’re doing everything we can to protect the American people,” he said.
“We’re going after those who threaten us.
We’re going through the vetting process, we’re having very hard conversations with people who are coming from Syria.”
In addition to the refugees, Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to take in additional Syrian refugees, including those from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
Trump has also said he would not hesitate to allow the US to allow in as many Syrian refugees as it takes.
But some analysts have questioned whether the president is willing to go that far and push for the US as a whole to accept more refugees.
“If he’s going to do that, he needs to be able to do it with the support of the Congress,” said Anthony H. Cordesman, a professor of public policy at George Washington University.
Cordesman also said that the president needs to consider the impact of the refugee influx on the US military.
“Is there an additional cost of not doing it, and if so, what that cost is going to be?” he said, adding that “at the end of the day, the US has an obligation to the world to help the people in need.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.