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November 16, 2015

Kenney lauds Wolf's stance on Syrian refugees

"Mayor-elect looks forward to welcoming those 'seeking a safe home to Philadelphia'

Emotions are running high after Friday night's terrorist attacks that left 129 dead and hundreds more injured in Paris.

Across the Atlantic Ocean, the raw reaction to bloodshed has seen no fewer than 10 governors say they won’t welcome Syrian refugees within their borders.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was not among them, issuing a statement Monday morning to that effect.

That came as welcome news to Philadelphia Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney who, a few days after a mayoral dustup regarding “sanctuary city” statuses, “applauded” Wolf’s decision.

"Philadelphia has a long history of being a city of refuge for those in need – welcoming Quakers, Irish immigrants, Sudanese refugees and many others,” Kenney said in a statement. “I applaud Governor Wolf's decision to work with the federal government to properly screen and resettle Syrian refugees in Pennsylvania.

“In keeping with our city's history, I look forward to working with him and welcoming refugees seeking a safe home to Philadelphia."