North Carolina Joins States Refusing Syrian Refugees
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Posted by: Kay Castillo
On Monday, Governor McCrory joined twenty-six other states seeking to block North Carolina from receiving any more refugees from Syria. This request was made to President Obama. The trend coming from the states is a result of the Paris attacks on Friday, November 13th that left over 129 people dead and over 350 wounded. As Parisian authorities work to identify those who committed these heinous attacks, all attackers have been found to be French and Belgian born and none from the massive group of refugees coming from war torn Syria in recent years. It is currently rumored that one attacker entered the European Union through a wave of refugees, however, this has not been confirmed.
NASW-NC condemns Governor McCrory’s request. Refugees are put through a rigorous admission process by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the US State Department before they are resettled in the United States. Denying the admission of 10,000 Syrian refugees from the US due to incomplete information from what happened in Paris is unacceptable.
As social workers, we know this recent move by the Governor hurts those who are seeking safety and peace. By working together social workers can ensure that refugees are given the basic needs that have been taken away from them. Unfortunately, our Governor has decided to put politics in the way of people's lives.
Learn more about the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): http://www.unhcr.org
Learn about Refugee Resettlement in the United States: http://www.state.gov/j/prm/ra/
Learn about Refugee Resettlement in North Carolina: http://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dss/refugee/