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Statement by Mayor Greg Stanton on Refugee CrisisStatement by Mayor Greg Stanton on Refugee Crisis<div class="ExternalClass7CEE8765040D47A7805E0DAF03B1FBD1"><p>"Phoenix is recognized as one of the most welcoming communities for refugees from around the world, and as mayor, I'm committed to strengthening that reputation. We will continue to work with local agencies to find housing, work and education for those rebuilding lives torn apart by war and terrorism.  </p><p>"As the world's leading democracy, it would be wrong for the United States to change who we are as a nation and unilaterally slam the door on people who are escaping violence, persecution and extremism. For many decades now, refugees coming to America have gone through a thorough vetting process and a series of background checks. The federal government should remain vigilant in that process, and update it if necessary as circumstances across the globe warrant."</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p></div>11/19/2015 12:15:00 AMRobbie Sherwood 480-246-7944