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What should the U.S. do to help the refugees in Europe?

With thousands of Syrian refugees and other migrants finally reaching havens in Germany and other European countries – and thousands more arriving daily – the Obama administration says it's "actively considering" ways to help, including allowing more refugees into the U.S.," writes NPR's Bill Chappell.

The migrant crisis has placed stress on infrastructure in Greece, Macedonia and Hungary – and it has also highlighted divisions between European Union countries.

While Germany's vice chancellor said Tuesday that his country could accept at least 500,000 migrants annually, he also called for other European countries to do more. But in Hungary, where a bottleneck had trapped thousands of migrants in large camps before neighboring borders were opened, t the prime minister is urging the completion of a 13-foot fence at its border with Serbia before the end of this year.

"Hungary says the migrants are mostly fleeing bad economic conditions, and don't need asylum status to protect their lives," NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports. "Hungarian police are hindering migrants in their trek through southeast Europe towards the West. Romania says migrant quotas are not the solution; the E.U. says countries must come together in solidarity if Europe is to surmount the crisis."

Today's Question: What should the U.S. do to help the refugees in Europe?

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