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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 18, 2015

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on moves to block Syrian refugees from U.S. soil



"Governor Cuomo has it right: New York should welcome Syrian refugees who request asylum in our state. New York is home to the Statue of Liberty, an icon of freedom that welcomed millions of immigrants from around the world in decades past.

It would be hypocritical for New York to do otherwise.

Closing America, the land of the free, to the refugees sends the message that we no longer care about those persecuted and oppressed, including thousands of women and children in Syria whose lives are in mortal danger.

We also support the governor’s criticism of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other Republican governors who want to block Syrian refugees from being settled in their states.

We firmly believe our nation’s stringent immigration vetting process is capable of rooting out any suspected terrorists among the refugees. Our families will not be put in harm’s way.”

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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