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A dozen or so protesters from groups that advocate open borders and increasing refugee admissions were arrested this week as they approached the steps of the Capital wearing orange life jackets and chanting “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all.”
The protesters and others who joined the rally to support the Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement Act to set a minimum annual refugee cap at 95,000.
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“We welcome you on this day which despite the sunshine in many ways is a day of mourning,” the Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea of the Disciples of Christ Church said at the event, referring to the Trump administration’s intention to cap the number of refugees to be allowed into the United States in fiscal year 2020 to 18,000.
“We favor resettlement because of the ways it’s good for our communities,” Stanley-Rea said. “Because we know communities are better economically.”
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“We know that refugees make businesses stronger,” Stanley-Rea said, arguing that many businesses in America could not function without refugees.
“On this day, a sad day of mourning as we face that very low refugee number, we are wearing most of us very dark colors as a sign of that mourning in our hearts,” Stanley-Rea said. “But we are also wearing life jackets.”
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“And for 18 of us, we are wearing life jackets to symbolize the 18,000 refugees that will be saved through refugee resettlement, but we do pray there will be many more,” Stanley-Rea said.
Speakers at the protest represented leftwing groups and religious institutions, including Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Awad said he is a Palestinian refugee and did not disclose he is an activist with ties to extremists, a Breitbart News has reported:
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Breitbart has frequently noted that the CAIR group is so closely entwined with Islamists and with jihadis that court documents and news...
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