This won’t quiet the critics. President Obama personally ordered aides to make preparations for America to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, a significant boost over the 1,600 who have arrived since 2011. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is absorbing 75,000 refugees next year, an increase of 5,000. The process to approve Syrian refugees is a lengthy one, typically taking 18-24 months. While the U.S. is the largest financial donor to the Syrian refugee efforts its amped up acceptance rate was described as “barely a token” by one human rights group.