Refugee Resettlement Divides Vermont City

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Nov. 14, 2016: Morgan Denehy, a Rutland County native who majored in Arabic in college, is now giving weekly Arabic lessons as the city plans to welcome refugees.
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The city of Rutland, Vermont plans to accept 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees later this month. But the issue has sharply divided the residents of this small city, which is struggling with America's opioid epidemic and the crime that has come with it. 

Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras is a backer of the plan to relocate the refugees to his community. Though he has a swell of support behind him, some outspoken opponents say the issue should be put to a city-wide vote.

The town reflects a larger debate about how — or if — the United States should accept refugees. Mayor Louras joins The Takeaway to explain why he thinks accepting refugees is the right decision for Rutland. Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this interview.