Obama makes holiday appeal for acceptance of Syrian refugees
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama is appealing anew for acceptance of Syrian refugees, saying "so much of our greatness comes from our generosity."
In his weekly radio address broadcast Thursday, Obama noted his commitment to accept an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees this year.
He said he's been touched by the generosity of the Americans who have offered to "open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality" of the Islamic State group.
Obama's plan has come under heavy criticism in Congress in the wake of the assault on Paris that killed 130 people Nov. 13. Some on Capitol Hill want to further tighten the conditions under which refugees could be admitted.
Obama said no refugees can come here "until they undergo the highest security checks of anyone traveling to the United States."