Jeff Sessions

Obama administration: U.S. is prepared to take in Syrian refugees

The U.S. is well-prepared to assist the thousands of Syrian refugees that President Obama plans to resettle in the country, federal immigration officials signaled Thursday, as some Republicans raised concern about the risk of terrorism.

The U.S. has a long tradition of helping foreigners who seek asylum and funds will be available to help them resettle, officials from the State Department, Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. They also assured senators that no shortcuts would be taken in their security clearance process.

The resettlement program focuses on refugees with immediate need who do...