I think that our nation is tested from time to time. And I think this is one of those times to really dig deep and see what kind of character our nation and my state has. And I’ve always believed in my state, and the country has always been a place of refuge from those who are persecuted. Right on the Statute of Liberty they talk about the wretched refuge of your teeming shore. And I don’t know where we’ve had more people who fit this classification of victims.
— Governor Jay Inslee, explaining to National Public Radio, why he is welcoming Syrian refugees to settle in Washington State.