Former Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) says the United States should offer to take in at least 65,000 refugees from Syria by 2016.

O'Malley said America's history as a cultural melting pot should inspire action to help Europe deal with the growing number of displaced Syrians.

"Americans are a generous and compassionate people," he said in a statement. "But today our policies are falling short of those values.

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