Mayor urges governor to welcome Syrian refugees to New Mexico

Javier Gonzales

In a stand met with both praise and criticism, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales is calling on Gov. Susana Martinez to welcome Syrian refugees to New Mexico.

“The people fleeing Syria now are in some of the darkest days of their lives, running from the very terrorism we seek to fight,” Gonzales wrote in a Facebook post Monday. “Basic American values call on us not to bar the way or abandon them to their fate.”

Martinez joined several other Republican governors Monday in opposing President Barack Obama’s plan to accept any more Syrian refugees until a more vigorous screening process was in place.

Gonzales' Facebook post

"Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"- Emma Lazarus, The New...

Posted by Mayor Javier Gonzales on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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