- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont mayor is standing by his decision to seek federal approval to bring 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the city of Rutland.

Mayor Christopher Louras tells The Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/2amClF5 ) that bringing the refugees into the city is the compassionate thing to do and that some community members’ concerns are rooted in fear and not facts.

Louras says refugees with strong work ethics and family values would infuse cultural diversity into an area lacking it, attracting young professionals and creating a future for the city.

Louras’ decision came under fire by the city’s Board of Aldermen after it was announced last April. The board voted earlier this month to send a letter to the U.S. State Department saying it couldn’t support the proposal due.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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