Sanders, Leahy and Welch Joint Statement On Rutland Vermont Welcoming 100 Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON, April 26 - After Rutland city officials announced today they would host up to 100 refugees from Syria and Iraq, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch released the following statement: 

“We are proud that the State of Vermont and the City of Rutland are welcoming civilian refugees who have fled the relentless violence in Syria, sometimes with just the clothes on their backs. We appreciate the leadership of Mayor Louras and Rutland’s business and community leaders who are not only doing the right thing by helping those in need but also making it clear that it is good for the region to welcome hardworking newcomers into the community.  Struggling families, fleeing peril and motivated to start their lives anew, always have and always will enrich America and contribute immeasurably to our state.”