During a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. would increase the number of worldwide refugees it accepts each year to 85,000 in 2016 and 100,000 the following year. While this announcement was a positive development, it fails to substantially increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. Add to that the fact that President Obama’s decision to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year is already running into significant pushback in Congress. In the House Homeland Security Committee, Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) has introduced a bill that would give Congress the ability to conduct an up-or-down vote on the President’s plan. Additionally, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) stated that Syrian refugees should not be admitted without a “foolproof” plan to address security concerns. With the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled to hold a hearing on this topic next week, we will see where our elected officials stand on this dire humanitarian crisis. Will they uphold the U.S. tradition of welcoming refugees with our built-in process of vetting them, or will they allow fear to cloud their judgment?