As pressure continued to mount around greater action to aid Syrian refugees, the White House announced last week that they expect to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, up from the original estimate of 5,000-8,000. An additional 2,000 people out of the fire is not insignificant but let's be clear it's still a woefully inadequate number for a wealthy well-developed country like ours. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Tuesday called the 10,000 figure "too modest" and said "we should be prepared to accept 100,000 Syrian refugees." The International Rescue Committee and thousands of petitioners are calling for the U.S. to admit 65,000 Syrian refugees. AAI backs substantial increases in the numbers of refugees admitted and has signed on to a Refugee Council USA letter to raise the U.S. annual refugee ceiling (currently 70,000) to 200,000 with 100,000 of those accepted being Syrian. It's been reported that the White House, in response to the massive numbers of Syrian refugees, is meeting this week to discuss increasing the U.S. refugee numbers overall to 85,000 next year and 100,000 by 2017. In any case, increasing the number of refugees accepted is one thing, the more difficult job will be laying the necessary groundwork in communities across our country to accommodate war weary refugees. This October we'll be speaking with individuals and groups engaged in that work at our National Leadership Conference.