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Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, had the following statement in response to New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s remarks on refugees:
“It is incredibly disappointing to see Democratic Governor and Senate candidate Maggie Hassan join with her far right-wing Republican counterparts in threatening to refuse entry for Syrian refugees to her state. When politicians use fear or racism to win elections, we should condemn that action—not reward it. Democrats need to stand up to the growing anti-Muslim rhetoric now more than ever.
“Slamming the door on Syrian refugees, as Gov. Hassan has suggested doing, would punish families, many of whom are fleeing the same terrorist groups behind the attacks in Paris, Beirut, and around the world.
“Statements like these amount to turning our backs on a humanitarian crisis. Democrats should stand behind President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, and many other leading voices in supporting a moral and responsible response to the crisis in Syria. We can be a strong, secure country, and a welcoming, moral one at the same time.”