BALTIMORE, MD – In response to the wave of Republican governors refusing to accept Syrian refugees, Governor O’Malley released the following statement:
“The best way to respond to the despicable attacks in Paris is to defeat ISIL and be a moral leader of nations. That means not only working in smarter and more collaborative ways with our allies and partners to eliminate the terrorist threat, but also staying true to our values.
“Scapegoating an entire religious community and rejecting those fleeing ISIL’s terrorism and persecution is what the terrorists want. We need to step up and act like Americans, in accordance with our principles. There are women and children dying and fleeing the same sort of carnage that was unleashed on the people of France. This is a time for American leadership, not a time for us to cower.
“Keeping America safe and staying true to who we are as a people is not a zero-sum choice. Real leaders don’t throw our values to the wind in the face of fear.”