Barack Obama on Refugees: “They’re Just Like Our Kids” (Video)
Barack Obama brushed off refugee worries at home during a visit today at a school for poor children in Malaysia.
** The US House voted this week to halt Obama’s Syrian “refugee” program with a veto proof majority. 47 Democrats rebuked Obama and joined Republicans in the vote.
Obama tried to console Americans insisting the refugees coming to America are just like our children,
“They’re just like our kids.”
Brushing off refugee worries at home, President Barack Obama crouched alongside migrant children on Saturday and declared they are the opposite of terrorists wreaking havoc from Paris to Mali. Working to put a human face on the refugee crisis, he said, “They’re just like our kids.”
The refugees Obama encountered at a school for poor children in Malaysia were not from Syria, and unlike the flood of Syrians meeting steep resistance in the U.S., these migrants had already been cleared to resettle in America. Still, Obama said their faces could have been those of kids from Syria, Iraq and other war-torn regions whose pursuit of a life free from violence led them far from their native homes.
“They were indistinguishable from any child in America,” Obama said. “The notion that somehow we would be fearful of them – that our politics would somehow lead us to turn our sights away from their plight – is not representative of the best of who we are.”
More than mere musings, Obama’s comments were intended as a direct rebuke to those demanding a halt to Syrian and Iraqi refugees entering the U.S. in the light of the Islamic State’s attacks in Paris. Obama said the U.S. had shown it can welcome refugees while ensuring security. “There’s no contradiction,” he said.