Steve Jobs' legacy cited in California’s Syrian refugee debate

State Senate urges U.S. to dramatically raise the number of refugees accepted

Steve Jobs in 2010

Steve Jobs in 2010.

Credit: Matthew Yohe

The legacy of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs lives on in many ways, most recently in the debate over the fate of Syrian refugees.

The California Senate unanimously approved a resolution late Friday urging the U.S. to "dramatically increase" the number of Syrian refugees allowed into the U.S.

The push was made by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who made an impassioned speech on the state Senate floor urging the U.S. to increase the number of Syrian refugees it is accepting. "The United States cannot sit back and allow refugees to languish," said Lara.

Lara also cited the role immigration has played in the U.S., particularly in California.

"Steve Jobs, a child of a Syrian migrant himself, created one of the most successful and profitable companies in the world," said Lara. Jobs' biological father was born and raised in Syria. Jobs was born in the U.S.

The U.S. admitted fewer than 1,500 Syrian refugees, but the U.S. recently announced plans to accept 10,000 more Syrian refugees next year.

The state Senate vote was unanimous in favor of the resolution.

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