Orthodox Union says let Syrian refugees in as House votes for constraints

By JTA
November 20, 2015 17:32

The Orthodox Union joined an array of Jewish groups in urging the United States to “get to yes” on admitting Syrian refugees.

The O.U. statement on Thursday came as the U.S. House of Representatives voted 289-137 for a law that would increase the stringency applied existing restrictions on the refugees.

The Orthodox Union represents the second major stream of Judaism to favor bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, as proposed by the Obama administration. Earlier this week, the Union for Reform Judaism was among 81 organizations, including 11 Jewish groups, that signed a letter urging Congress members to allow the administration’s plan to proceed.


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