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A week ago, our hearts were broken by the photo of a little boy, drowned, lying alone in the sand.
But new images of people with open arms welcoming exhausted Syrian refugees the world over have begun to put our hearts back together. The profound decency of ordinary folks is driving governments to respond to this crisis.
Now it’s America’s turn to act.
On Thursday, President Obama said he would allow 10,000 Syrian refugees to enter the United States. It’s a step in the right direction, but it’s a tiny fraction of what’s needed. In fact, that number is 1/80th the number welcomed by Germany, a country far smaller than the U.S.
That’s why MoveOn members and our friends are launching AmericaWelcomes, an urgent national campaign to raise the number of Syrian refugees admitted into the United States to at least 100,000 and to encourage people in local communities across the country to open their hearts and extend a welcome.