House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been a vocal backer of President Obama’s (ultimately successful) plan to import a minimum of 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year, at one point accusing Republicans of “slamming the door on mothers and children.” But with just days remaining in the 2016 Fiscal Year, Pelosi’s own district has yet to resettle a single Syrian refugee.
Since Oct. 1, 2015, more than 12,000 Syrian refugees have been placed in the U.S., according to data from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center.
San Francisco, California, which includes Pelosi’s district (CA-12), has taken in zero refugees since the fiscal year began. San Francisco also didn’t take in any Syrian Refugees in either 2014 or 2013.
While Pelosi’s district hasn’t actually taken in any Syrian refugees, Pelosi herself has been a vocal proponent of bringing Syrian refugees into the U.S.
After the November 2015 Paris attacks, Republicans introduced a bill that would have mandated stricter scrutiny for refugees coming from Syria. Pelosi spoke out against the bill, accusing Republicans of “slamming the door on mothers and children,” arguing instead for stricter gun control measures.
“It is outrageous that we would be slamming the door on mothers and children while we still allow people on the terrorist watch list to walk in the door of a gun store and buy a gun,” Pelosi said at the time. (RELATED: Virginia’s Syrian Refugees Resettled In Poor Communities Hours Away From Wealthy DC Suburbs)
She went on to say, “As it is a proud American tradition, we can both ensure the security of our country and welcome desperate women and children and seniors facing ISIS’s brutality.”
It is not yet clear when (or if) Pelosi’s district will receive its first Syrian refugee.
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