BOSTON - An emotional Gov. Dannel P. Malloy received the prestigious Profile In Courage award Sunday for his welcoming stance toward Syrian refugees.
The governor, who is struggling with low popularity ratings and a budget crisis back in Connecticut, said he was profoundly moved to collect the award from Jack Schlossberg, John F. Kennedy's grandson during a ceremony at the Kennedy library.
"America, as President Kennedy once described it, has always been a lantern in the dark for those who love freedom but are persecuted," Schlossberg said. "Gov. Dannel Malloy upheld this American promise when he welcomed a family of Syrian Refugees into his state after they had been turned away by another."
During a brief speech, the Democratic governor reflected on the significance of receiving an honor named for the nation's first Catholic president.