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An interfaith press conference sponsored by the group Church World Service on Wednesday blasted lawmakers and governors who say they will not shelter Syrian refugees.

Speaking at the National Press Club, the group heralded the United States as "the land of the free, a country built by immigrants and refugees."

"Next week we will celebrate the most American of holidays, Thanksgiving," Sister Marie Lucey of the Franciscan Action Network said. "Remembering people who fled religious persecution, and were welcomed here by Native Americans."

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