Obama plans to increase number of refugees admitted to U.S.: media

September 13, 2016 11:14 PM EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with refugees who will soon be resettled in the U.S. as he tours the Dignity for Children Foundation, an education program for refugee children, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 21, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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(Reuters) - The Obama Administration plans to increase the number of refugees admitted to the United States by 30 percent in fiscal year 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited an annual refugee report submitted to Congress.

Secretary of State John Kerry presented the new target of 110,000 in the 2017 fiscal year starting Oct. 1, up from 85,000 in 2016, during a closed session to members of the House and Senate judiciary committees on Tuesday, according to the newspaper.

Kerry has said repeatedly over the past year that the United States would admit at least 100,000 refugees in fiscal 2017 and try to admit more if it were able.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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