Rallies on Syrian refugee policy planned at state Capitol

Rallies on Syrian refugee policy planned at state Capitol.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Opponents and supporters of plans to accept Syrian refugees into the United States have planned dueling rallies at the state Capitol.

Both rallies were scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Angelia Balch, one of the organizers of the “Say `No’ to Syrian Refugees” rally, tells the Journal Inquirer that she is upset at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s support of refugees and wants a federal law requiring the Department of Homeland Security to get approval from Congress before accepting refugees.

Matthew Oakes, a spokesman for the group rallying in support of accepting Syrian refugees, says the U.S. has a responsibility to support people fleeing the Islamic State group.

Officer Scott Driscoll, a spokesman for state Capitol Police, says there will be proper security at the rallies.

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