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MoveOn responds to Obama’s veto threat of House refugee bill

Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action, had the following statement in response to news that President Obama would veto a House bill that would make it more difficult for vetted refugees to be admitted to the United States:

“We stand strongly with President Obama on this one. MoveOn members will fight vigorously to uphold the principles of welcome and compassion that are engraved on the Statue of Liberty, and against the xenophobic, hateful, and counterproductive rhetoric and proposals we’ve heard this week from some – primarily Republican – politicians.

“We will work to help defend the United States’ essential program for resettling refugees, many of whom are fleeing from threats of terrorism to save their lives and protect their children. We urge Congress, and in particular every Democrat, to show courage and compassion in keeping our doors open to refugees in need—and to opening them wider in this moment of crisis.”

Since Tuesday, more than 115,000 people have signed state- and local-level petitions on MoveOn.org opposing bans on Syrian refugees.