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Barack Obama on Welcoming Refugees from All Religions into the United States

November 16, 2015

The people who are fleeing Syria are the most harmed by terrorism; they are the most vulnerable as a consequence of civil war and strife. We do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism. [...] That’s shameful. That’s not American. It’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.

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