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CNN reporter suspended after criticising US vote to halt Syrian refugee arrivals

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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 20, 2015 | 2 min read

A CNN reporter has been suspended by the network for two weeks and forced to apologise after tweeting her personal views on a vote in the US House of Representatives which went 289-137 in favour of halting the acceptance of Syrian refugees.

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Following hot on the heels of last week’s terror attacks in Paris the move has proved highly controversial and prompted Elise Labott to tweet the news out – alongside a personal comment: “House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish.”

Within seven hours however Labott had been forced to backtrack, tweeting: “Everyone, It was wrong of me to editorialize. My tweet was inappropriate and disrespectful. I sincerely apologize.”

Immigration has proven to be a political hot potato in the US with politicians from all sides moving to toughen their stances, led by republican hopeful Donald Trump who hasn’t ruled out a national database of all US Muslims.

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