Seven families have been cleared to arrive by the end of September, although President Trump’s actions create some uncertainty. The city is also looking at how many refugees to take next year.
Four refugee families that have been cleared by federal officials will be resettling in Rutland before the end of the federal fiscal year, Sept. 30.
“We’re going to move forward. We’re going to do it together,” said the new mayor, who has some appointments to make for key city roles. He wouldn’t say whom he has chosen.
He and other state attorneys general say the new order would bring the same economic harm and injustice to states as the first one, which a federal judge blocked.
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“As much as I said during the campaign that this was not a referendum on refugee resettlement … looking back at it, absolutely a referendum on refugee resettlement,” the defeated Rutland mayor said.
The Vermont refugee program director had more questions than answers, and Rutland Mayor Chris Louras said Monday’s revised order doesn’t raise his hopes of welcoming more Syrians.
Several travelers attempting to return to Vermont have been affected by the president’s temporary ban on citizens of seven countries.
“This is a time for support, love and compassion, not angry protests,” said a spokesperson for the volunteer group Rutland Welcomes.
Both families had lived in refugee camps for a long time, Welch said, never knowing what the next day would bring.
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.”
Another family is on the way, officials said. The mayor said he had met and talked with the first arrivals.
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.
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.