The former Maryland governor is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley wants the United States to do more to help the flood of refugees fleeing Syria and other hot spots.

In an email to supporters late Saturday, O’Malley, who is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, called on the U.S. to accept at least 65,000 refugees next year.

His call echoes that of the International Rescue Committee, which has said the current U.S. commitment to accept 8,000 refugees is only a first step.

Some European allies, such as Germany, have committed to accepting 800,000 refugees.

Last week, a photo of a Syrian boy’s body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sent reverberations throughout the world and focused more attention on the crisis in Syria.