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US Islamic Group Sets Over 1k Marching to Bring Syrian Refugees to St.Louis

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Council on American-Islamic Relations St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed said that more than 1,000 people are set to march in Saint Louis, Missouri to advocate bringing 65,000 Syrian refugees to the city.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – More than 1,000 people are set to march in Saint Louis, Missouri to advocate bringing 65,000 Syrian refugees to the city, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed said in a release.

"America has historically taken in half of the world’s total refugee population, but have only resettled 1,400 Syrian refugees," Syed said on Thursday. "We believe the United States should resettle 65,000 Syrians to America and specifically to St. Louis."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington September 3, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Syed explained the "Bring Them Here" march is set to take place on Sunday afternoon. The march will be co-sponsored by several organizations including Missouri Immigration and Refugee Advocates and the Palestine Solidarity Committee.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is the largest US Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group, according to their website.

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