People hold posters with drawings depicting a drowned Syrian toddler during a demonstration for refugee rights in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 3, 2015. (REUTERS/Osman Orsal)
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As the world watches drowned refugees wash up on Europe's beaches, the United States is also under pressure to do more to help the desperate victims of Syria's civil war.Washington has promised to do more if it can, but Syrian refugees -- even those screened and approved by the UNHCR in crowded camps -- are subject to stringent, and lengthy, US security checks.Larry Yungk, senior resettlement officer with UNHCR, said the United States was working hard to interview and process Syrian refugees but the resettlement process is not fast. Along with medical checks, in all it is a procedure one refugee worker described as the most stringent for any category of traveller heading to the United States.U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States would try to increase the speed with which it addresses refugee cases, while working for a longer-term political solution in Syria.
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