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Statement from MoveOn.org Washington Director Ben Wikler on reports that Republicans have dropped efforts to insert anti-refugee provisions in the omnibus spending bill:
“If these reports bear out, the decisive rejection of anti-refugee provisions in the spending bill represents a genuine victory for American values, security, and common sense. The Statue of Liberty is standing a little taller tonight.
“The hard right’s ugly rush to pass laws scapegoating refugee families has fizzled out, at least for this year. ISIL has been denied an additional talking point for their propaganda. As a result, America is a better and safer place.
“In recent weeks, MoveOn members nationwide have joined faith leaders, security experts, and other community members in an outcry against the un-American rush to attack families seeking refuge and peace in the United States. We’re glad that the wave of pro-refugee vigils, rallies, and phone calls pierced the din of fear and reached the ears of lawmakers. And we’re grateful that, according to reports, Democrats refused to give in to misguided demagoguery and instead took a stand for what’s best in the American tradition.”