But as all fingers point to the President, others are looking back at the history books. In 2011, Obama called a six-month hiatus on accepting refugees from Iraq.
And this included those who had helped US forces as interpreters and intelligence assets, according to an ABC News report in 2013.
The report also stresses that it is a matter of great praise that the country has been liberated after 42 years of totalitarian rule.
And one of their boats is currently stranded in international waters, after being banned from two European ports.
The encounters are the latest in a dramatic heightening of tensions in the southern Mediterranean, where thousands of migrants are risking their lives putting to sea from Libya in overcrowded boast and dinghies.
There they encounter a fleet of up to 12 aid group ships patrolling the sea to rescue them.
There have been 2405 migrant deaths in the Mediterranean this year, and 116,692 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea.