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.

Guest speaker for Rutland group stokes worries about refugees

Philip Haney’s claims about Muslim threats to the country have been widely circulated on conservative websites.

Amy Carst: Let history be our guide

The Holocaust was one of the greatest atrocities of all time, and our inaction was one of the most terrible mistakes. To ignore lessons learned from mistakes would be a tragedy.

Refugees ‘nonissue’ for public safety, says Rutland police chief

The possible arrival of Syrian or Iraqi refugees creates few if any public safety concerns, according to the chief.

UPDATED: State Department says report of halt to refugee program untrue

WVNY-TV reported Tuesday that the program had stalled due to lack of federal funding, but officials say that’s not the case. The station has since posted a clarification.