Obama: Muslim Refugees Just Like the Mayflower Pilgrims

On Thanksgiving, Barack Obama compared Muslim refugees coming to America to the “refugee” Pilgrims on the Mayflower who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

“Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims – men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families,” he said. “What makes America America is that we offer that chance.”

Obama, The Hill said, praised Americans who have opened their homes to refugees:

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“One woman from Pennsylvania wrote to me to say, ‘Money is tight for us in my household. … But I have a guest room. I have a pantry full of food. We can do this,’ ” Obama said.

“Another woman from Florida told me her family’s history dates back to the Mayflower — and she said that welcoming others is part of ‘what it means to be an American,’ ” he added.

Obama called on American citizens’ “spirit of generosity” to welcome refugees with arms wide open.

“I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by loved ones and full of joy and gratitude,” he said. “And together, may we all play our own small part in the American story, and write a next chapter that future generations can be thankful for.”

Public reaction is telling:

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