US President Barack Obama has appealed to Americans in his Thanksgiving message to show generosity to the Syrian refugees as their forefathers had done about four centuries ago to the Mayflower Pilgrims.
He said holiday is not only about turkey, but it is also a tribute to the immigration history that built up the foundation of America. A small group of pilgrims came to the New World (America) in 1620 fleeing persecution and violence in their native land. People on the continent helped these pilgrims in their time of need and today about 400 years later the refugees are remembered as a part in the American story.
More than thirty state governors have hinted not to welcome refugees any more and block their settling in the states. Obama administration said such action is illegal and as per the Refugee Act of 1980 they should be given assistance and services irrespective of their race, religion, nationality, sex or political opinion.
The Obama administration had also sent a letter to the state officials from the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement. It writes the refugees are protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In his Thanksgiving address Obama said he is touched by the generosity of those Americans who have emailed him offering to open up their homes for the refugees who are fleeing the Islamic State.
The president added even after about 400 years of the Mayflower the world is full of pilgrims who just want a safer and better future.