Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Samantha Power, US Ambassador to UN, Comes to South Orange

South Orange, New Jersey: Samantha Power, the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, came to Seton Hall University in South Orange on Wednesday morning. 

Power spoke about a variety of topics, including Ebola, Cuban-American relations, ISIL, refugees, and American values. 

"We recognize that one of our greatest strengths and a major reason that the world looks to the United States to lead is our values. Yet lately, we are hearing more and more people calling for actions that would compromise those values or outright contradict those values", Power said. She cited governors who currently oppose Syrian refugees settling in the United States. "These people misunderstand who we are and what makes us strong", Power added.

The program, called 'American Leadership in a Changing World' was moderated by David Ushery of WNBC 4 New York, and was attended by community members, representatives from refugee assistance groups, students, and refugee families from Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria who have settled in the United States. One attending family from Pakistan settled in Hudson County in 2005, while another from Syria just came to the United States one month ago. 

"These families are everywhere", Power explained, calling them "part of the fabric of the United States".

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