Vermont Town Welcomes First, And Possibly Last, Syrian Refugees

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Hussam and Hazar and their children Mohammed and Layan were one of the first two Syrian families to be resettled in Rutland. They may be the last to join the community, if President Trump halts or scales back U.S. refugee policy. (Nina Keck/VPR)

The debate over refugees that’s gripped much of the world has been playing out on a much smaller — though no less divisive — scale in Rutland, Vermont, which has been planning to take in 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees this year.

Nina Keck from Here & Now contributor Vermont Public Radio had a chance to meet one of the Syrian families that’s arrived in the town, and has this report.

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