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Md. senators push for more action on Syrian refugees

Md. senators push for more action on Syrian refugees

Maryland's senators are seeking ways the U.S. government can do more to aid Syrian refugees, joining other officials in the search for a balance between the humanitarian urge to help those who are suffering and the security concerns of admitting masses of people to the United States from a region that has been cracked apart by terrorism.

Sen. Ben Cardin called this week for more funding to process refugee applications, and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski has asked homeland security officials how better technology could speed the vetting process.

The civil war in Syria has driven about 4 million people from the country. Most have landed in neighboring countries, but hundreds of...

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