Refugee Crisis: US Proposes Taking in 5,000 More Refugees Next Year

But even supporters note the security issues from admitting Syrian refugees.

“We are committed to increasing the number of refugees that we take and we are looking hard at the number that we can specifically manage with respect to the crisis in Syria and Europe,” Kerry told reporters after meeting with lawmakers today. “That's being vetted right now and at the appropriate time we'll have the exact number.”

Lawmakers and State Department officials alike have noted the security concerns that come with admitting refugees from Syria.

The numbers of those fleeing the conflict are staggering. This year alone, over 322,000 refugees arrived in Europe by sea. Nearly 20,000 arrived in Munich this weekend.

Unlike migrants, refugees are recognized by the international community as people who are fleeing armed conflict or persecution.