- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - A Syrian refugee family of six arrived in the Atlanta area recently, shortly after Gov. Nathan Deal backed off efforts to block people from their war-torn nation from resettling in Georgia, authorities said.

A total of about 75 Syrian refugees have come to Georgia since 2011, when fighting broke out in their country, U.S. State Department figures show.

The aid organization World Relief is now helping the newest arrivals - a father, mother and four children, including a 5-year-old - resettle in the Atlanta region, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported (https://bit.ly/1PulpYn ).

After terrorists killed 130 amid a coordinated assault on Paris in November, Deal joined more than half of the nation’s governors in moving to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states.

However, Deal on Jan. 4 reversed course after Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens issued a formal legal opinion that says the governor has no legal power to stop Syrian refugees from coming.

The family of six was initially apprehensive about coming here because of the rhetoric and security concerns surrounding Syrian refugees, Joshua Sieweke, the Atlanta office director for World Relief, told the Atlanta newspaper.

“They commented on being a little fearful about what they would encounter here,” Sieweke said, “but they have been so pleasantly surprised by everyone’s welcome and the volunteers. So they are just very happy.”

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com

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