18 Mayors Tell Pres. Obama They ‘will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities’

By Wadner Pierre

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While House Republican with 47 Democrats voted to slam the door on the face of  the most vulnerable Syrian refugees (including orphan children), Los Angeles, New York, Chicago Boston and  15 other mayors from America’s largest cities wrote President Obama to commend him, and tell him that they are ready to resettle more Syrian families than the president himself anticipated. The stated in their letter, “… we are writing to say that we stand ready to work with your Administration to do much more and to urge you to increase still further the number of Syrian refugees the United States will accept for resettlement.”

According to Mother Jones magazine, Sen. Warren Elizabeth addressed a letter to her supporters “urging them to stand with her in pushing back against calls for rejecting those fleeing violence in Syria” and other part of the Middle eastern region.

Sen. Warren wrote, “In the wake of the murders in Paris and Beirut last week, people in America, in Europe, and throughout the world, are fearful. Millions of Syrians are fearful as well – terrified by the reality of their daily lives, terrified that their last avenue of escape from the horrors of ISIS will be closed, terrified that the world will turn its back on them and on their children.”

Democratic presidential candidate font-runner, Hillary Clinton also pronounced against GOP House decision to vote to prevent against Syrian families fleeing atrocities perpetrated against them and their children by ISIS, from resettling in the U.S.

She said, “Today Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of citizens from voting,” she said during a speech at Texas Southern University in Houston.”

President Obama already warned he would veto the bill. What is undebatable is that UNLESS we do something, nothing is going to change for those families. And UNLESS world’s superpowers (United States, Russia, France, UK, China) come together as one to fight the common enemy, which the Islamic State, and find a diplomatic and political solution to end the Syrian crisis, families will continue to seek refuge in both in Europe and in the United States.

Please read the entire letter signed by 18 mayors below.

Dear President Obama:

We commend your decision to open America’s doors to at least 10,000 Syrian refugees displaced by civil war, and applaud your commitment to increase the overall number of refugees the U.S. will resettle over the course of the next two years. This announcement is a vital initial step to honoring America’s commitment to support those fleeing oppression.

As the mayors of cities across the country, we see first-hand the myriad ways in which immigrants and refugees make our communities stronger economically, socially and culturally. We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities. Indeed, we are writing to say that we stand ready to work with your Administration to do much more and to urge you to increase still further the number of Syrian refugees the United States will accept for resettlement. The surge of humanity fleeing war and famine is the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The United States is in a position to lead a global narrative of inclusion and support. This is a challenge we can meet, and the undersigned mayors stand ready to help you meet it.

Our cities have been transformed by the skills and the spirit of those who come to us from around the world. The drive and enterprise of immigrants and refugees have helped build our economies, enliven our arts and culture, and enrich our neighborhoods.

We have taken in refugees, and will help make room for thousands more. This is because the United States has developed a robust screening and background check that assures us that we know who we are welcoming into this country. With national security systems in place, we stand ready to support the Administration in increasing the numbers of refugees we can accept.

With Pope Francis’ visit, we are mindful of his call for greater compassion in the face of this ongoing crisis and stand with you in supporting those “journeying towards the hope of life.”

Sincerely,

Ed Pawlowski, Mayor of Allentown, PA

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore, MD

Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston, MA

James Diossa, Mayor of Central Falls, RI

Mark Kleinschmidt, Mayor of Chapel Hill, NC

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, IL

Edward Terry, Mayor of Clarkston, GA

Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, OH

Domenick Stampone, Mayor of Haledon, NJ

Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor of Hartford, CT

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, CA

Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis, MN

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, NY

Jose Torres, Mayor of Paterson, NJ

William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA

Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe, NM

Francis G. Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, MO

Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor of Syracuse, NY

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