Syrian refugees

New Mayor Allaire takes reins in Rutland

“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.

Donovan backs new challenge to Trump on immigration

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.

Green Mountain College Hosts Syrian Neighbors Symposium on March 18

News Release — Green Mountain College March 13, 2017 Contact: Dr. Mark Dailey 802-287-8267 Public event brings together national scholars to raise awareness and discussion around the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Vermont Poultney, Vermont – March 13, 2017– Green Mountain College will host a Syrian Neighbors symposium on Saturday, March 18, 2017 to raise […]

Louras the day after: ‘I got smoked’

“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.

New Trump order fuels confusion about Vermont resettlement

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.

Scott promises to fight Trump orders

Several travelers attempting to return to Vermont have been affected by the president’s temporary ban on citizens of seven countries.

Refugee supporters rally in wake of Trump action

“This is a time for support, love and compassion, not angry protests,” said a spokesperson for the volunteer group Rutland Welcomes.

Welch visits with Syrian refugees in Rutland

Both families had lived in refugee camps for a long time, Welch said, never knowing what the next day would bring.

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.”

UPDATED: First Syrian refugee family arrives in Rutland

Another family is on the way, officials said. The mayor said he had met and talked with the first arrivals.

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.

Refugee resettlement programs face potential cuts under Trump

Grants for programs like the New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma and the Association of Africans Living in Vermont could dry up.