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November 23, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Galeb Salman has lived in North Philadelphia for just two months. But for the first time in 25 years, he feels as if he's home. An Iraqi citizen raised in Kuwait, Salman was traveling in Thailand on a tourist visa in 1990 on the day Iraq invaded Kuwait. The war left him stranded, unable to return home or secure travel documents. He stayed, married a Thai woman and started a family. But he could not obtain work permits, and at one point spent more than two years in an immigrant jail.
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November 23, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANCASTER - After a week of rising rhetoric against Syrian refugees and congressional action that could halt their resettlement, refugee Farhan Alqadri, 55, wants to be the Syrian who alters perceptions. Just as any jihadi who hides in the flow of desperate refugees "spoils it for a million," he said in Arabic through an interpreter Friday, "I hope I can be the one person on the opposite side who changes millions of minds. " He arrived here in June, with his wife, Muna, and four of their nine children - a Muslim family fleeing violence, resettled in this city near Amish farms, by Church World Service, a philanthropic cooperative of Christian denominations.
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November 21, 2015
ISSUE | TERRORISM AND REFUGEES Don't succumb to fear In one simple, coordinated action aimed at France, the fountain of democracy, a few terrorists - representing a tiny faction who presume to speak for the Islamic world but don't - achieved a great victory over the world. The response was to give them all the attenion they needed in our media to achieve their goals: fear, xenophobia, and war. I'm not afraid. I won't buy a gun or hide under the bed or look for innocents to blame.
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November 21, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The House approved a plan Thursday to effectively stall the arrivals of Syrians and Iraqis seeking refuge in the United States, as 47 Democrats joined Republicans in a rebuke to President Obama and a sign of how the Paris terrorist attacks have stoked security fears. The measure, which requires tighter screening for applicants from those countries, passed by 289-137, a wide-enough margin to override a promised presidential veto. The result piled pressure on Democrats in the Senate, where the bill's fate will not be decided until after the weeklong Thanksgiving break.
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November 20, 2015
I RARELY WRITE about immigration, partly because I spend enough time practicing immigration law, and partly because my words are taken with a grain of salt the size of that dinosaur-killing meteor. My conservative friends raise their eyebrows in that "We love her, but gosh darn, she should get her head checked" kind of way whenever I champion any form of legalization, while the liberals just flare their nostrils and say "Yeah, the chick is only interested in getting rich off of the poor illegals.
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November 20, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The debate over Syrian refugees brought new proposals to block their arrival in the United States, stern warnings, and appeals for compassion from Washington to Harrisburg and beyond Wednesday. Capitol Hill Republicans introduced a bill to halt the U.S. resettlement program for Syrians and Iraqis until tighter screening was added. Leaders said they hoped to put the measure to a vote as soon as Thursday. President Obama vowed to veto it. Pressure for action also built at the state level.
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November 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - A debate pitting calls for tighter security against pleas for compassion roiled Washington and other communities Tuesday, as Republicans readied to try to block Syrian refugees from entering the United States and the Obama administration tried to tamp down fears stoked by the Paris terror attacks. Congressional Republicans planned a vote, as soon as this week, to halt President Obama's proposal to admit up to 10,000 Syrians, while most Democrats said the U.S. should continue helping refugees seeking to flee ISIS's murderous regime and a savage civil war. At the same time, aid groups worried that Syrians are being treated like the very terrorists they are fleeing.
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November 18, 2015 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Columnist
THE HEARTBREAKING news on Friday night managed to be both shocking and numbingly familiar at the same time: a massive terrorist attack in the streets and against public venues in Paris, carried out by seven or eight vile thugs from the terrorist group ISIS, armed with automatic weapons and twisted ideas about God and humankind. Their tactics vary from New York to Madrid to London and elsewhere, and the casualty numbers rise or fall, but this Paris attack, with 129 dead and many more wounded, was especially barbaric.
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November 18, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) on Monday called for barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States, joining a host of Republicans - including Gov. Christie - urging new restrictions in the aftermath of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. The stand, which spread rapidly through Republican ranks Monday, drew sharp condemnations from President Obama and Toomey's potential Democratic opponents in next year's election, who urged sympathy for people fleeing the Islamic State.
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November 18, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
EXPLOSIONS LIT the sky over Damascus while Khaldoun partied with his friends late into a weekend night in August 2014. Despite the nightly firefights, the shelling that tore children and other innocents to shreds one morning while Khaldoun was walking to class, despite the night that bullets ripped through his kitchen window, the soft-spoken 20-year-old psychology student had made it through three years of Syria's civil war. He had no intention of...
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