The White House released a statement Monday to commemorate World Refugee Day. Saying that over 65 million people from around the world have been driven from their homes, Obama said the unprecedented challenge requires all of us to do more. He said welcoming more refugees reflects our American values.
A portion of Obama’s statement reads:
“Even as our aid supports refugees thousands of miles from here, each day, countless Americans do their part to welcome and support refugees as they start life anew in the United States. The millions of refugees who have resettled here through the years have brought similar dreams of a better tomorrow. Each has enriched the diverse mosaic that is America.
Protecting and assisting refugees is a part of our history as a Nation, and we will continue to alleviate the suffering of refugees abroad, and to welcome them here at home, because doing so reflects our American values and our noblest traditions as a Nation, enriches our society, and strengthens our collective security.”
Secretary of State John Kerry also released a statement about the U.S. commitment to bring in more refugees, saying, “In the meantime, we will remain committed to providing humanitarian assistance across the globe, while also expanding our own refugee resettlement program – from nearly 70,000 admitted last year to 85,000 from across the world in 2016.”