By Brandon Hall
(Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)
More Syrian refugees live in Michigan than any other state, reports say. And despite Gov. Snyder's request for a temporary pause, they keep coming...
According to The Detroit News:
"More Syrian refugees have settled in Michigan than any other state since the Syrian civil war started five years ago, and more are expected to arrive this summer despite the state’s desire to restrict them.
According to the U.S. State Department, 505 Syrian refugees settled in Michigan between May 2011 and May 31, 2016. Most live in the Metro Detroit area and primarily in Oakland and Wayne counties.
“It’s not a surprise and, in my opinion, it’s not a very high number,” said Jeralda Hattar, director of immigration and refugee services for Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. “Michigan has been home to a large number of refugees from all over the world for a long time.”
Gov. Rick Snyder, meanwhile, has said he wanted to stop Syrian refugees from coming until they could be properly vetted. But his wishes are largely symbolic, since state governments have no say in how many refugees are resettled in their communities...
The highest number of Syrian refugees have settled in Michigan. The second highest, 496, settled in California, followed by Arizona with 368, Pennsylvania with 364 and Texas rounded out the top 5 at 359. It also said no Syrian refugees relocated to 12 states, including Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii and Iowa, or in the District of Columbia...
Snyder’s pause is largely symbolic as Syrian refugees continue to resettle in Michigan because of efforts of several Michigan non-profit agencies working with the federal government."