November 27, 2015

A BETTER PEOPLE THAN THE RIGHT WISHES WE WERE:

Despite governors' resistance, Syrian refugees find support in US (Henry Gass, NOVEMBER 27, 2015, CS Monitor)

"The negative publicity and the horrendous things these governors are saying, it does effect public opinion," says Chris George, executive director of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), a nonprofit organization in New Haven, Conn., that helped Mahmoud and his family settle in the city. "We are worried there could be individuals who make life unpleasant for refugees."

Yet despite the concerns, US organizations like IRIS that are working to resettle Syrian refugees are confident that America's welcoming disposition will prevail in the coming months. Already, in fact, some organizations say they're getting a level of support from communities that may mean that opposition from some governors won't matter.

It appears, at least anecdotally, that so far a broad public backlash against Syrian refugees simply isn't happening.

Posted by at November 27, 2015 5:58 PM

  

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