United States president Barack Obama invoked religion to defend proposals for sweeping changes to the country’s immigration policies.
“Scripture tells us, we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger. We were strangers once, too,” Obama said in a prime time television address.
The speech riled Republicans but was welcomed by Zimbabwean refugees who have struggled to get official recognition for years after fleeing Robert Mugabe’s terror back home.
“I came to the U.S. as a student in 2006 but could not go back to Zimbabwe because of violence and economic collapse, so I have been living here as an illegal alien. This new law could help me and others come out of the shadows,” said Sharon Moyo.
The US government on Friday announced a 3 percent increase in Zimbabweans’ annual enrolment at American universities in 2014. There are now 1 200 Zimbabweans at US colleges.
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