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The New York State Assembly passed a resolution today proclaiming support for the resettlement of refugees and urging other states to support similar efforts nationwide. The resolution also calls on Governor Cuomo to formally proclaim New York’s recognition of World Refugee Day on June 20.

“Despite some elected officials’ constant attempts to vilify refugees, local communities across the country are demonstrating that most people reject bigotry and want to treat people fleeing violence with compassion,” said Naureen Shah, senior director for campaigns at Amnesty International USA. “Refugees go through a lengthy vetting process, and there’s no credible evidence they pose a threat. Today’s action by New York is a powerful rebuke to hateful policies that would leave millions of people vulnerable to war and deadly violence.”

Amnesty International USA contributed to the drafting of the resolution.