What’s the minimum population to keep an eye on?
In a post to his personal blog, the former White House press secretary suggested that a maximum population of 200,000 should be the minimum, as it was the number that was required to keep the country secure in the event of a nuclear attack.
The post came on the heels of reports that the U.S. could be facing a massive surge in refugees coming from Syria, with some analysts suggesting that the population could reach as high as 3 million by the end of the year.
The Post reported that the Trump administration has ordered the State Department to prepare plans for a major influx of refugees.
The government has also started accepting applications from Syrians who have lived in the United States for the past four years.
“The number of refugees we need to support over the next few years will be in the range of 100,000-200,000, which would be a substantial increase over the number of current refugees we currently have,” Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said in a statement.
“As of today, the State Dept. is preparing a plan to support at least 200,00 Syrian refugees.
This would represent a significant increase over current refugee intake levels.”
The State Department is also reportedly planning to create a separate agency to handle refugee admissions.
The number of Syrians admitted to the United State has already surpassed the 100,00 level.