Leahy Introduces Senate Resolution Affirming That U.S. Does Not Have Religious Or Other Discriminatory Litmus Tests For Refugees

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy Feb 8, 2017 Contact: [email protected] WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2017) – Following multiple federal court decisions ruling that President Trump’s Muslim ban likely violated the constitution, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a Senate resolution this week reaffirming that the United States “should remain a global leader in welcoming and […]

Vermont backs two challenges to Trump immigration order

Attorney General TJ Donovan said he is “proud” to sign on to a brief supporting Washington state and Minnesota in challenging “this unconstitutional order.”

Central Vermont Refugee Action Network: Standing against Trump’s immigration orders

CVRAN will stand strong in the face of this unconscionable narrowing of support for those in need of safety from war and who desperately need new beginnings in Vermont.

Trump ready to close door on refugees bound for Rutland

Mayor Chris Louras said that “from a human perspective, history will prove this to be a monumental mistake for both the country and for our community.”

Veterans for Peace Chapter Supports Rutland’s Refugee Resettlement

News Release — Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace Jan. 4, 2017 Contact: Bud Haas 802-439-5397 The Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace, Chapter 57 of Veterans For Peace (VFP), at its last monthly meeting voted to support the City of Rutland’s invitation to host one hundred middle eastern war refugees. The national […]

Refugee resettlement office set to open in Rutland

It will be fully staffed with three full-time workers later this month, say officials, who expect the first refugee families to arrive in January.

Year in Review: Top Rutland County stories of 2016

The issue of refugee resettlement divided the small city. Meanwhile, the Rutland Herald ran into financial difficulty, and a judge weighed the constitutionality of the death penalty.

First Rutland refugees could arrive within a month

Organizations are focusing on helping the new residents gain work and schooling. At a meeting last week, one provider had questions about whether funding is available for early education services.

Burlington council affirms Queen City’s support for immigrants

The panel adopted two resolutions: one welcoming Syrian refugees and the other moving the community toward formal policies often associated with so-called sanctuary cities.

State Department approves Rutland as new home for refugees

The first Syrian and Iraqi families are expected to arrive in mid-December or early January, according to an official with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

Leahy calls for more resources for refugee settlement sites

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he has input on the administration’s decision to take in more refugees from Syria and elsewhere next year. Rutland could be one of their destinations.

Special report: Rutland, refugees and lessons from Limerick

The Irish city is implementing the same 100-person Syrian resettlement that is proposed for Vermont — with a few key differences.

Sheldon Novick: Strong statements on immigration in Democratic platform

Vermont’s Democratic Party platform welcomes refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants.

Attorney’s report details steps that led to refugee plan

The document, the result of an investigation into Mayor Chris Louras’ actions, has been made public. The city attorney says the issue isn’t a legal one, but rather political.