Obama on refugees: Obama Refugees Pilgrims

Published: November 26, 2015

Obama on refugees: Obama Refugees Pilgrims, US President Barack Obama Thursday urged Americans to open their hearts to refugees in his Thanksgiving message to the nation, likening them to the pilgrims the holiday celebrates.

“Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims – men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families,” Obama said in his weekly address, referring to the boat on which the first pilgrims reached the New World.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Today, we give thanks for all of our loved ones and the brave men and women in uniform who serve our country.

— President Obama (@POTUS) November 26, 2015

Be thankful today-and don’t forget to give back. #HappyThanksgiving pic.twitter.com/0rXUAY3aP1

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the group who fled religious persecution in England. For many Americans, it has become a family-oriented holiday marked with an enormous meal of roast turkey and a slice or two of pie.

“I’ve been touched by the generosity of the Americans who’ve written me letters and emails in recent weeks, offering to open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIL,” Obama said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group.

The refugee question has taken center stage in the 2016 presidential race, following the Paris attacks staged by Syria-linked extremists this month.

Obama faces a barrage of opposition to his own plan to resettle Syrian 10,000 refugees in the United States in the coming year.

“People should remember that no refugee can enter our borders until they undergo the highest security checks of anyone traveling to the United States,” Obama said.

“That was the case before Paris, and it’s the case now.”

Obama also reminded listeners that Thanksgiving was not just an opportunity for people to give thanks for their personal blessings.

“On this uniquely American holiday, we also remember that so much of our greatness comes from our generosity,” he said.

“No matter our circumstances, all of us have something to be grateful for.” -President Obama https://t.co/sCowTWI2Lu #HappyThanksgiving

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 26, 2015


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