O’Malley calls for U.S. to accept 65,000 Syrian refugees by next year

O’Malley calls for U.S. to accept 65,000 Syrian refugees by next year

Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley on Friday called for the United States to welcome at least 65,000 Syrian refugees by the end of next year, saying the country’s actions to date have fallen short of the values of “a generous and compassionate people.”

In arguing that the United States should take in far more than the 5,000 to 8,000 refugees currently planned, O’Malley, the former Maryland governor, pointed to the images this week of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian refugee who washed up dead on a Turkish beach after a failed attempt to reach Greece.

The photos, O’Malley said in a statement, “should spur all of us to ask what we personally can do to alleviate the suffering of others. With more than four million Syrian refugees fleeing war and famine, they now comprise the second-largest refugee population in the world.”

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