Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Address

The first Syrian refugee family fleeing from the current crisis settled in New Haven today after Indiana’s governor at the last minute joined too many other governors in closing their doors to those most in need. I’m glad New Haven and CT immediately welcomed the family in, and hopefully more to come. http://www.nytimes.com/…/11th-hour-detour-puts-family-in-co…

“We are a country of immigrants and refugees, a country made strong by our diversity, a country founded by those crossing the sea fleeing religious persecution and seeking religious freedom. We are not a nation that delivers children back into the hands of ISIS murderers because some politician doesn’t like their religion, and we are not a nation that backs down out of fear. Our first responsibility is to protect this country. We must embrace that fundamental obligation, but we do not make ourselves safer by ignoring our common humanity and turning away from our moral obligation.

ISIS has shown itself to the world. We cannot and we will not abandon the people of France to this butchery. We cannot and we will not abandon the people of Lebanon to this butchery. We cannot and we must not abandon the people of Syria to this butchery. The terorrists in Paris and Beirut remind us that the hate of a few can alter the lives of many. Now we have the chance to affirm a different message. A message that we are a courageous people who will stand strong in the face of terrorism. We have the courage to affirm our committment to a world of open minds and open hearts. This must be our choice, the same choice that has been made over and over again by every generation of Americans. This is always our choice. It is the reason that the people of Syria and people all around this world look to us for hope. It is the reason that ISIS despises us. And it is the reason that we will defeat them.” – Senator Elizabeth Warren, November 17, 2015

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