Report: Obamas invite Syrian refugee to SOTU
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President Obama and the first lady have invited a prominent Syrian refugee to be their guest at the commander in chief’s final State of the Union address this week in a strong sign of support for the beleaguered population.

Refaai Hamo, a scientist who fled Syria’s civil war in 2013, will sit in Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama spotted dining out in DC Obama goes on TikTok to urge young people to get vaccinated Obama to Black Americans: 'Keep marching, keep speaking up, keep voting' MORE’s box on Tuesday night, according to a Sunday report from USA Today.

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Hamo’s wife and daughter were among 16 killed when a bomb struck his family compound in Syria. Last month, he and his four surviving children were officially settled in Detroit after an ordeal that included untreated stomach cancer during a legal limbo in Turkey.

"I was thrilled when I heard that President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Never underestimate Joe Biden Afghanistan withdrawal: Trump fumbles, Biden scores MORE is welcoming us into the United States," Hamo said in a statement. "I felt that hope was revived as well as the strength to continue my dreams and ambition in my new country. I am so proud and honored to be in this country and look forward to one day becoming an American citizen so that we can be part of making America a strong and great country.”

The Obamas’ invitation for Hamo, who was featured in the prominent blog Humans of New York, comes as a sharp rebuke to Republicans who have called for halting the influx of Middle East refugees amid security concerns.

On Thursday, the government announced the arrest of two Iraqi-born refugees on terrorism charges, including providing material support to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWSJ editorial board: 'Purging Liz Cheney for honesty would diminish' GOP DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates The Memo: Biden moves into new phase of COVID-19 fight MORE has endorsed a temporary ban on all non-U.S. citizen Muslims entering the homeland, and, after last week’s arrests, rival Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Major corporations, business groups come out against Texas voting law Cornyn is most prolific tweeter in Congress so far in 2021 MORE (Texas) called for "a retroactive assessment of refugees” already here.