- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - The mayor of Rutland, Vermont, says he’s committed to refugee resettlement.

Christopher Louras spoke Monday night at the Vermont Council on World Affairs’ annual meeting, held at Saint Michael’s College.

WPTZ-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2hbQZRD) Louras says Rutland is excited to be a host community. Current plans call for the first of up to 100 refugees - mostly Syrians, but some from Iraq - to begin arriving in Rutland early next year.

Some audience members expressed concern over how resettlement could be affected under President-elect Donald Trump. Louras said the unknowns associated with Trump’s election “have not slowed us down and have not slowed down refugee resettlement initiative in Rutland.”

Also speaking was Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, who said the U.S. should accept more refugees, but that the resettlement strategy is not a permanent solution.

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Information from: WPTZ-TV, https://www.thechamplainchannel.com


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