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Peduto joins mayors urging Obama to welcome more Syrian refugees

Bob Bauder
| Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, 4:42 p.m.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has joined 17 other mayors in promising safe harbor for Syrian refugees displaced by civil war.

The mayors, including those from Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Allentown, urged President Obama to accept more than the 10,000 Syrians he has promised to accommodate.

“We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities,” said the letter to Obama signed by each mayor. “Indeed, we are writing to say that we stand ready to work with your administration to do much more and to urge you to increase still further the number of Syrian refugees the United States will accept for resettlement.”

Peduto, who was not available for comment on Monday, is seeking to bring 20,000 residents into the city over 10 years. He has pushed to attract immigrants through initiatives such as his “Welcoming Pittsburgh” program, which works to improve quality of life and economic conditions for immigrants and established residents.

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or

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