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by Michael Sean Winters

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts delivered an emotionally powerful speech on the floor of the Senate, pushing back against those who wish to use the Paris terrorist attacks to curtail humanitarian assistance to refugees. HuffPost has the story and the video. It bears noting that the mastermind of the terrorist attacks in Paris, and all but one of the perpetrators, were not refugees but longtime residents or citizens of France and Belgium. As I noted this morning, one of the nation's two political parties seems to think that ginning up xenophobia is its ticket to electoral success and it is good to see people like Sen. Warren pushing back against such vile hatred.

On the same theme, kudos to my home state Governor Dannell Malloy. Mark Silk at RNS reports on Malloy's welcome to refugees. 

In Chicago, Archbishop Blase Cupich issued a one sentence statement reaffirming the Church's commitment to helping resettle refugees: "“As we have for many decades, we will continue to help resettle refugees and other immigrants who have been admitted to the United States.”

And, the chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, also calling for continued assistance to Syrian refugees.

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