Graham: US should accept 'fair share' of Syrian refugees

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump: 'I hope' Russia is able to get Clinton's emails Syria activists cheer Kaine pick Vulnerable GOP senators praise Kaine MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday said he would be open to the United States accepting more refugees from Syria, after a photo of a drowned three-year-old Syrian boy sparked international outrage last week. 
 
"Sure. Absolutely," Graham told reporters Tuesday evening when asked whether he would back allowing more Syrian refugees to come to the United States. 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
But the South Carolina Republican, who is running for president, declined to specify a number he would support, saying the United States should admit "our fair share." 
 
"You have the refugee organizations that are overwhelmed, I think it's in our national security interests to try to get ahead of this problem," he added. 
 
Graham said he would speak with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to see if they could reach an agreement on refugee legislation.
 
His comments come after a photo of a three-year-old Syrian boy whose body was found on a Turkish beach last week went viral earlier this month, putting the migrant crisis under the media and political spotlight. 
 
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday the administration "is considering additional steps" it could take, including potentially allowing more Syrian refugees into the United States.
 
Graham added that he hopes the situation inside of Syria, which has been embroiled in a years-long civil war, will eventually shift so Syrians aren't leaving. 
 
"My goal is to make sure they don't have to flee their country. ... They're not coming here because they want to," he said. "People leaving Syria are fleeing tyranny, not to get jobs."

More in Senate

Senator calls for pause in accepting Syrian refugees after Istanbul attack

Read more »