deBlasioNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released a package of statements supporting the effort to bring Syrian refugees into the United States and also blasted the comments made by Republican presidential candidates Chris Christie and Donald Trump.

The statements come as elected officials around the country — mostly Republican officeholders — have called for a halt in bringing refugees from Syrian into the U.S. following the Paris terrorist attacks last week.

Governors in more than a dozen states, too, have said they oppose having refugees settle in their states, though their power is limited when it comes to federal immigration policy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is yet to release a statement on whether New York should take in Syrian immigrants.

“We should not close our borders to any group of people fleeing the atrocities and horrors of terrorism,” de Blasio said in a statement. “To do so is to hand terrorists a victory over our democracy, strengthened over the years by Americans who died or risked their lives for it. We are a strong country. We can protect our country with the appropriate and intensive screening and accept refugees seeking our protection at the same time. New York City is a proud immigrant city, and we will not turn our back on that history or the people being persecuted and fleeing war.”

Meanwhile, de Blasio knocked Christie after the New Jersey governor insisted on stringent rules for Syrian immigrants and saying he would not make an exception for “orphans under the age of 5.”

“Because Chris Christie is an elected official, his comment is an embarrassment to this country,” de Blasio said. “If he were in any other profession, it would be dismissed out of hand for the callous, heartless and prejudiced statement that it is.”

Trump, meanwhile, was singled out for his statement calling for the monitoring of mosques.

“First and foremost, we always will abide by the U.S. Constitution which prohibits discrimination against religions,” de Blasio said. “We will adhere to the words of our Founding Fathers, not Donald Trump. Mosques don’t commit acts of terrorism. People do. NYPD will investigate the crime, not close down places of worship. Finally, NYPD is recognized today as having the top anti-terrorism unit in the world. Our anti-terrorism efforts continue to evolve and improve as we’ve become more knowledgeable about activities across the globe.”

And finally, de Blasio called Muslim-Americans and those living in New York City a “crucial ally” in the fight against terrorism.

“ISIS does not discriminate and has killed members of many races and religion,” he said. “The Muslim community is as deeply concerned about terrorism as other communities are. NYPD investigates the crime, not a group of people. That will not change.”