Homeless vs. refugees

Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. would accommodate as many as 100,000 refugees per year from the war-torn Middle East. So, how many people have been displaced in Syria alone? According to the United Nations, the number reached 6.5 million by the end of last year. Our effort, then, will be small indeed, a bit more than a gesture.

Another question: How many Americans are homeless? According to HUD (pdf), there are over half a million in the U.S. on any given night.

The system (as the pope would put it) delivers both the homeless and the refugee. Can’t we do better?