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Cuomo: Stopping Syrian Refugees from Coming to U.S. Would Be Like Taking down Statue of Liberty

While the great immigration debate ravages the United States, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo provides a voice of reason.

“We have to protect Americans and not lose our soul as America in the process. Right?” Cuomo said during an event at Harvard University. “The day America says, ‘Close the gates, build the wall,’ then I say take down the Statue of Liberty because you’ve gone to a different place.”

To date, nearly 30 governors have requested that the federal government not place Syrian refugees in their states. However, Cuomo made it clear that governors had no say in the matter when it came to the law.

“What, are you going to have your militia fight the federal government at the borders of your state? It’s a pure political statement,” he said.

NY Daily News reports:

The onus, he said, is on the federal government to make sure it can properly screen people.

Cuomo’s comments came as calls against the U.S. allowing any more Syrian refugees into the country reached a fever pitch Tuesday — prompting President Obama to go on the offensive.

“Apparently they’re scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” Obama said of the governors while at a summit in Manila. “We are not well served when in response to a terrorist attack we descend into fear and panic.”

The White House held a conference call late Tuesday with 34 governors in an attempt to quell the backlash.

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