Connecticut governor gets JFK award for pro-refugee stance

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) receives the 2016 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum on May 1, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2015 following the Paris terrorist attacks, Governor Malloy defended the U.S. resettlement of Syrian refugees and and personally welcomed a family of Syrian refugees to New Haven, Ct. after they had been turned away by the state of Indiana. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) receives the 2016 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum on May 1, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2015 following the Paris terrorist attacks, Governor Malloy defended the U.S. resettlement of Syrian refugees and and personally welcomed a family of Syrian refugees to New Haven, Ct. after they had been turned away by the state of Indiana. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

BOSTON — Connecticut’s governor has received the 2016 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his public support of resettling Syrian refugees in the U.S.

Kennedy’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, presented the award to Dannel P. Malloy at a ceremony Sunday morning in Boston.

Malloy, a Democrat, was named this year’s recipient for his vocal support of refugee resettlement. Schlossberg credits Malloy with taking a stand “against the hateful, xenophobic rhetoric” at a time when some governors and presidential candidates sought a ban on Syrian refugees.

Malloy announced three days after the Paris attacks that Connecticut would continue to accept refugees from Syria.

Schlossberg says that exemplifies JFK’s vision of the United States as a nation that welcomes freedom-loving people who are persecuted or in need.