Allison Jackson: Could One Syrian Student Start a Wave of Refugees to Mexico?
Allison Jackson - GlobalPost
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September 22, 2015

Syrian refugees wait for supplies near the Turkish border post of Akcakale, province of Sanliurfa, on June 17, 2015. (Gokhan Sahin AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico has a proud history of welcoming refugees fleeing war and persecution around the world.

Yet the Mexican government has done surprisingly little to help the four million Syrians forced to flee their country’s bloody conflict, an exodus that has triggered Europe’s worst migration crisis since World War II.

The leaders of Latin America’s second largest economy have been strangely silent as neighbors such as Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Venezuela open their doors to the refugees.

But Mexico's reticence is starting to change.

Senators of all political stripes on Thursday implored President Enrique Peña Nieto and his government to allow in as many Syrian refugees as possible.

Notwithstanding the multitude of problems facing Mexico, the country could not "remain indifferent to what is happening in Syria and to the suffering of so many people," Senator Ernesto Cordero Arroyo told his colleagues.

Check out his full speech here:

The bipartisan Senate move comes amid growing public support in Mexico for the country to take in Syrian refugees.

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