NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says city will welcome refugees

Bill de Blasio
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2015 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a media briefing in New York. De Blasio, a Democrat, announced during a Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he's backing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. He called her the best candidate to address income inequality.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) – Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will not turn away any refugees fleeing Syria.

De Blasio said Tuesday that New York “is a proud immigrant city” and would welcome refugees trying to escape the conflict in their homeland.

Many public officials and U.S. presidential candidates have expressed wariness at admitting refugees in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris last week.

De Blasio chided a pair of local Republicans running for president. He called New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “an embarrassment to this country” and said that the city “will adhere to the words of our Founding Fathers, not Donald Trump.”

Neither candidate immediately returned a request for comment.

De Blasio also defended the city’s Muslim community as an integral part of New York.

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