Competing rallies in Montpelier, Vermont had dozens gathering in front of the statehouse voicing their opinions on whether Vermont should accept Syrian refugees. The conversation was sparked by President Obama’s program to admit thousands of Syrian refugees into the U.S. over the next year and Gov. Peter Shumlin’s recent support of the decision.
With the screening process that takes 1,000 days, involving a series of background checks by numerous federal agencies, the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program says safety should not be a concern. “Americans, Vermonters, need to trust the system because the system works,” said Amila Merdzanovic of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Full story here