STATE HOUSE – Sen. Joshua Miller and Sen. Gayle L. Goldin were joined by community and religious leaders today in the State House rotunda for a rally to demonstrate support and compassion for refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria.
The event was planned to offer reasoned perspective on the crisis facing refugees and to offer a reminder of the American value of offering sanctuary to those fleeing suffering — and Rhode Island’s own history as a refuge for the persecuted.
“This great nation — the home of the brave — can both protect our national security and welcome refugees fleeing violence,” said Senator Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence. “The faces that make up our nation would be very different today if the U.S. didn’t welcome the oppressed. There aren’t many of us here today who can’t trace our family’s arrival in this nation to the quest for a better life.”
The senators called on Rhode Islanders and Americans to consider the suffering faced by those fleeing violence and to remember those throughout history, such as Holocaust victims, who died because they were unable to escape to safer countries. The United States is not threatened, but strengthened by those it welcomes, they said.