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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia â?? President Obama vowed on Saturday to maintain Americaâ??s borders open to the worldâ??s refugees â??as extended as Iâ??m president,â? even as he met with youngster migrants and refugees right here and his administration refused to yield in a lengthy-distance feud with his critics over the concern.
Mr. Obama chatted with elementary-school-age children, all sharply dressed in navy-and-white uniforms, at a humanitarian center that serves young people who have fled violence in Myanmar, Pakistan, Syria, Iran and elsewhere.
They had been representative of the faces of all the worldâ??s persecuted minorities, the president stated, adding that such children must not be turned away by nations like the United States because of what he insisted was an unfounded worry of a terrorist threat from their presence.
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â??They were indistinguishable from any kid in America,â? Mr. Obama mentioned soon after kneeling to appear at their drawings and math homework. â??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 ideal of who we are.â?