About 75 University of Oregon students and community members held a rally and march Monday to support Syrian refugees.
Varas: “My name’s Elizabeth Vargas. I’m a student at the University of Oregon. I really wanted to do this rally as a way for people to say, you know what, I see through the fear, I see through this emotion that comes to me and I support you and I stand with you and you’re welcome here.” Vargas
Adams: “Chloe Adams. I’m here because I feel that any person who’s running from, you know, death and destruction and people wanting to harm them should be welcomed into a safe environment. Everyone has the right to feel safe and we shouldn’t turn them away just because we’re scared.”
Mokhtar: “Shehram Mokhtar. I’m an international student. I decided to come here because I just wanted to support the cause. I met someone who is a refugee and who left all his life, belongings, friends, everything and is starting from scratch.”
Rob Moore: “I’m Rob Moore. I’m a grad student here. It just makes me very sad that an entire body of people is being turned away in fear without anyone knowing anything about them at all.”