President Barack Obama says the U.S. can meet his goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by Sept. 30, the end of the federal budget year.
Obama says the goal he set last year has been challenging, partly because of the need to assure the U.S. public that refugees are being thoroughly checked out.
He says processes are in place to speed up the resettlements.
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Obama says accepting Syrian refugees is "the right thing to do" because they are victims of terrorism, violence and suffering caused by Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Obama commented at a news conference with college reporters.