By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pushing back in opposition to efforts to bar Syrian refugees from resettling in the U.S., President Barack Obama vowed Saturday that his country will be a welcoming spot for tens of millions fleeing violence about the globe “as extended as I’m president.”
Obama commented Saturday at a understanding heart in the Malaysian capital that serves the poor, such as some refugees. He met with boys and women wearing crisp white and black uniforms and neckties as they sat at tables and labored on painting and puzzle assignments.
Obama mentioned the children “depict the opposite of terror, the opposite of the variety of despicable violence we noticed in Mali and Paris.”
Most of the youngsters the president met with are Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group. Tens of 1000’s of Rohingya have fled Myanmar to escape persecution by the country’s Buddhist bulk, with many ending up in Malaysia, the place Obama was attending a regional economic summit.
Obama noted that the planet is at the moment concentrated on the humanitarian tragedy in Syria, in which many years of civil war have forced thousands and thousands to flee to other countries to escape the bloodshed. But he stated the globe must not fail to remember about some sixty million individuals who have been displaced all around the globe.
Previous week’s Paris attacks have led U.S. lawmakers to find to halt or hold off the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. out of concern that terrorists could consider to slip in with them and carry out equivalent assaults. Obama has rejected that idea and pledged to veto any invoice sent to him to block Syrians from entering.
Talking of the children he had just met with, Obama stated: “Any person who had a chance to see individuals kids, hopefully you recognized the diploma to which they’re just like our youngsters. They deserve adore and security and defense.”
He explained much more and much more nations are recognizing that they require to do much more, vowing that “as long as I am president we are going to keep stepping up.”
The refugees Obama satisfied with have all been cleared to arrive to the U.S. and have been assigned to certain metropolitan areas, the White Home mentioned.
Obama will confront the refugee discussion even far more right when he returns to Washington on Monday. A single of his very first orders of business will be a White House assembly Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande, who is vowing war from the Islamic Condition group, which claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, as European nations tighten border controls out of worry that terrorists could strike once more.
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