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Hundreds join rally to bring Syrian refugees to St. Louis

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(KMOV.com) -- Demonstrators gathered in the Delmar Loop Sunday calling for St. Louis to bring in thousands of Syrian Refugees.

The rally and march, billed as the ‘Bring Them Here’ march, was meant to bring awareness to the millions of refugees displaced by Syria’s civil war.

An estimated 6 million have left their homes since the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011, and many have no hope of ever returning.

Faizan Syed, an organizer from the Council on American–Islamic Relations, or CAIR argued St. Louis is perfectly positioned to help, pointing to the thousands of Bosnians who came to the city in the late 1990s.

“Not only were they able to rebuild their lives, but they also helped rebuild our communites. By bringing the Syrian refugees here, we hope for a similar outcome," Syed said.

Others argued St. Louis has experienced population declines, leaving behind thousands of vacant homes and apartments.

“A lot of these people are hardworking people who have an education and can help the community.” Ellen Morgan, a demonstrator said, “We have the room for them.”

Syed agrees, and plans to continue pushing for refugees to come to St. Louis.

"Either we let them in, or we take the statue of liberty down."

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