Politics

Detroit Mayor Says Syrian Refugees Welcome In City

| by Sean Kelly

The mayor of Detroit announced he would be welcoming Syrian refugees in his city, despite pushback from the governor of his state.

Mayor Mike Duggan said on Nov. 23 that he would accept 50 Syrian families annually for the next three years. 

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“Detroit is a welcoming community and it's welcoming refugees, whether they come from Africa or Iraq or Syria,” Duggan said. “We'll fight the terrorists but provide refuge to their victims. That's what this country is all about ... We'll do our fair share."

Austin, Texas, mayor Steve Adler joined Duggan in accepting refugees, saying that he’d welcomed three Syrians over the past two years — with another coming soon.

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Several Republican governors have ordered pauses on refugee programs in their states, including ones in both Michigan and Texas. Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Scott, who initially welcomed refugees, is seeking a pause in the program until stricter security measures are in place. 

Michigan has, so far, brought in the second highest number of refugees — tying with California at 179. 

Sources: Click On Detroit, Detroit Free Press / Photo credit: Click On Detroit