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Obama: Resettling refugees will make world ‘more secure’

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President Obama on Tuesday called on world leaders to “open their hearts” to take in tens of millions of refugees displaced from their homes because of violence and persecution around the world.

“Today, now, we have to do more to open our hearts to refugees” who need a home, he told the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We have to follow through even when the politics are hard.”

The world is facing a refugee crisis like none since World War II, with 65 million refugees displaced worldwide, and 5 million from Syria alone, according to administration figures.

Obama also issued his call just days after terrorist attacks in New York and New Jersey that rekindled fears about how immigrants and refugees might increase the risks of terrorism. But Obama said countries need to see refugees as people who desperately need help. – READ MORE

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