Remember the Pilgrims, Obama says, in appeal for generosity to Syrian refugees

Migrants walk after crossing the border from Greece into Macedonia, near GevgelijaBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged Americans to show generosity to Syrian refugees in a Thanksgiving message on Thursday, reminding them that the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were themselves fleeing persecution. Obama’s plan to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria has drawn political criticism since attacks in Paris two weeks ago that killed 130 people, and which Islamic State claimed responsibility for. The United States is leading an international coalition fighting the group in Syria and Iraq.

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