• Costa Rica Real Estate
  • Costa Rica Real Estate Auction

Obama Thanksgiving message likens refugees to pilgrims

November 26, 2015
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama urged Americans Thursday to open their hearts to refugees in his Thanksgiving message to the nation, likening them to the pilgrims the holiday celebrates.

“Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims — men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families,” Obama said in his weekly address, referring to the boat on which the first pilgrims reached the New World.

Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the group who fled religious persecution in England. For many Americans, it has become a family-oriented holiday marked with an enormous meal of roast turkey and a slice or two of pie.

“I’ve been touched by the generosity of the Americans who’ve written me letters and emails in recent weeks, offering to open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIL,” Obama said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group.

The refugee question has taken center stage in the 2016 presidential race, following the Paris attacks staged by Syria-linked jihadists this month.

The shootings and suicide bombings stirred fears in North America and Europe that jihadists could seek to blend in with refugees in order to strike later.

Obama faces a barrage of opposition to his own plan to resettle Syrian 10,000 refugees in the United States in the coming year.

“People should remember that no refugee can enter our borders until they undergo the highest security checks of anyone traveling to the United States,” Obama said.

“That was the case before Paris, and it’s the case now.”

Obama also reminded listeners that Thanksgiving was not just an opportunity for people to give thanks for their personal blessings.

“On this uniquely American holiday, we also remember that so much of our greatness comes from our generosity,” he said.

Recommended: Syrian migrants braving Central American smuggling routes

You may be interested

Costa Rica prepares for 50th anniversary of Fiestas de Zapote
Events
64 views
Events
64 views

Costa Rica prepares for 50th anniversary of Fiestas de Zapote

The Tico Times - November 12, 2019

In December, Costa Rica will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Fiestas de Zapote. The week-long celebration — part…

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: November 12, 2019
Costa Rica
343 views
Costa Rica
343 views

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: November 12, 2019

The Tico Times - November 12, 2019

Welcome to The Tico Times Weekly Digest, where we bring you up-to-speed on the biggest news from Costa Rica. Check…

Bolivia crisis leaves La Sele without player for upcoming matches
La Sele
25 views
La Sele
25 views

Bolivia crisis leaves La Sele without player for upcoming matches

AFP and The Tico Times - November 12, 2019

The Costa Rica men's national soccer team will not be able to count on goalkeeper Leonel Moreira, a last-minute replacement…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!