KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to visit a refugee center in Malaysia, casting a spotlight on the plight of those fleeing violence and persecution from Burma/Myanmar to Syria.
Obama’s tour of the Dignity for Children Foundation in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday comes amid a raging debate in the United States over the president’s plan to allow thousands of Syrian refugees to resettle in the U.S. The House of Representatives has voted to drastically tighten screening procedures for those refugees.
The foundation provides schooling and assistance to refugees who have fled to Malaysia. Obama’s aides say he intends for his visit to illustrate how an escalating global refugee crisis only increases prospects for violence that could reach America’s shores.