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Obama vows U.S. borders open to muslim refugees ‘as long as I’m president’


By Amy R. Connolly

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 21 (UPI) — President Obama vowed Saturday to keep United States borders open to refugees “as long as I’m president” as he visited a Malaysian humanitarian center and met migrant children, many of whom escaped violence in homelands that include Myanmar, Pakistan and Syria.

Obama, in Malaysia for the 3rd ASEAN-U.S. Summit, chatted with young children at the Dignity for Children Foundation in Kuala Lumpur, asking them what they want to be when they grow up and observing their drawings. At the same time, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., on both sides of the aisle continue to feud with the administration over refugee screenings.

“They were indistinguishable from any child in America,” Obama said after meeting the children. “And the notion that somehow we would be fearful of them, that our politics would somehow leave us to turn our sights away from their plight, is not representative of the best of who we are.”

Thursday, the House passed legislation to impose rigorous screening on Syrian and Iraqi refugees entering the United States. The bill would subject


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