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Refugees in Oregon plead for compassion for Syrian refugees

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Ahmed Ali Ahmed Ali

As governors of states across the country refuse outright to accept Syrian refugees after the attacks on Paris, Ahmed Ali stands outside Portland Community College’s Southeast Portland campus in the rain, thousands of miles from his home in Iraq.

Ali is a refugee, who found a home in Portland about a year ago.  According to the Department of Human Services, he is one of more than 1200 refugees who arrived in Oregon in 2014, after the state saw 1100 refugees arrive the year before.

Ali, a journalist, covered both al-Qaeda and ISIS in Iraq, but was warned by ISIS to leave the country. 

“I just ran away to try to make my family safe. For that, I left everything,” said Ali.

Ali now sees the millions of refugees trying desperately to flee the violence in Syria.  The attacks in Paris have made accepting those refugees a polarizing issue, with more than 20 U.S. governors coming forward to say they did not want refugees in their states.

Ali wishes they would reconsider, saying the overwhelming majority of those seeking safe haven are peaceful, law-abiding people.

“They have families,” said Ali.  “If you close the door, where will they go? They will die in Syria. For that, don’t do that.  Please.”

Oregon Governor Kate Brown had no comment on the state’s stance on accepting more refugees from Syria.

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