Today, by a 289-137 margin, the House voted in favor of legislation that would effectively end the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. Following is a statement in response from Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund:
“This was a shameful day in the U.S. House of Representatives—for both parties. We already knew that Republicans would treat refugees like political footballs, and have little regard for the facts. But we are deeply disappointed by Democrats who capitulated to GOP-fueled xenophobia and voted against core American values.
“It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing, and we commend all Democrats who voted against this attack. If this question comes before the Congress again we expect more Democrats to do the right thing.
“Now, all eyes are focused on the Senate. As Republicans and Democrats gear up for yet another ugly debate on this issue, we will be watching very closely to see who stands up for American values and who stands with those fanning the flames of intolerance and fear.”