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Congressman John Lewis

John Robert Lewis (born February 21, 1940) is an American politician and was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and played a key role in the struggle to end segregation. Lewis, a member of the Democratic Party, has represented Georgia's 5th congressional district (map) in the United States House of Representatives since 1987. The district encompasses almost all of Atlanta.  Lewis became nationally known during his prominent role in the Selma to Montgomery marches. During the first march police attacked the peaceful demonstrators and beat Lewis mercilessly in public, leaving head wounds that are still visible today. At the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of 1963, Lewis, a representative of [SNCC], the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was the youngest speaker. Lewis first ran for elective office in 1977, when a vacancy occurred in Georgia’s 5th District. A special election was called after President Jimmy Carter appointed incumbent Congressman Andrew Young to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Lewis lost the race to Atlanta City Councilman and future Senator Wyche Fowler. In 1986, when Fowler ran for the United States Senate, Lewis defeated fellow civil rights leader Julian Bond in the Democratic primary to succeed Fowler in the 5th District. This win was tantamount to election in the heavily Democratic, majority-black 5th District. Lewis was the second African-American to represent Georgia in Congress since Reconstruction. Young was the first. Lewis has been re-elected ten times without serious opposition, often with over 70 percent of the vote. Lewis was present on the stage during the inauguration of Barack Obama, as the only living speaker from the rally at the March on Washington. Obama signed a commemorative photograph for Lewis with the words, “Because of you, John. Barack Obama."

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The attack in Paris Friday has reinvigorated discussion about the possibility of ISIS members using the refugee crisis to infiltrate nations offering asylum. 

That discussion made its way into the second Democratic primary debate hosted by CBS, which altered its format to focus more heavily on foreign policy after the attack. 

Before the debate, frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley agreed the U.S. should let in 65,000 Syrian refugees to deal with the crisis. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders agreed America should open its borders but couldn't pick out a magic number. (Video via CBS,Bloomberg,NBC)

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And despite the attacks in Paris, those positions didn't change at all.

"What the magic number is, I don't know because we don't know the extent of the problem but I certainly think the United States should take its full responsibility," Sanders said, starting off the discussion

"That needs to be done, with proper screening. Accommodating 65,000 refugees in our country today of people of 320 million is akin to making room for 6 and a half more people in a baseball stadium with 32,000," O'Malley said

"But only if we have as careful a screening and vetting process as we can imagine, whatever resources it takes. Because I do not want us to in any way inadvertently allow people who wish us harm into our country," Clinton said, agreeing again with O'Malley.

It's a far cry from some of the sentiment from their GOP presidential opponents. Senator Ted Cruz said the U.S. should freeze any plans to bring in any more Syrian refugees. Dr. Ben Carson, drew an even harder line saying he wouldn't allow "them to come here in the first place."

Nations all over the world are grappling with this issue. Poland has decided to close its doors to refugees and wants the EU to revisit its current policy. (Video via Al Jazeera) 

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