WMass lawmakers weigh in on Syrian refugee debate

Millions of Syrian refugees fled their homes to escape civil war

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Some state lawmakers told 22News they sympathize with Syrian refugees.

President Barack Obama plans to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States next year. Here in Massachusetts, Republican Governor Charlie Baker is hesitant to accept refugees from ISIS controlled areas.

Holyoke Democrat Aaron Vega is confident in the vetting system. He said, “Sometimes there are a few bad apples that are born here and born elsewhere, and sometimes there are loopholes in the system, but I think that we do a good job working with our federal delegation to make sure the people coming to Massachusetts have been vetted.”

The 22News I-Team discovered that between October 2014 and September 2015, Massachusetts welcomed seventy Syrian refugees. Thirty-two of them were settled in Hampden County. 22News State House Bureau Correspondent Tiffany Chan asked Springfield Democrat Ben Swan whether Massachusetts should accept more Syrian refugees.

“Yes. (And why is that?) Well, I think that you have a lot of people who have been misplaced,” said Rep. Swan.

Millions of Syrian refugees fled their homes to escape civil war. The majority of them have resettled in neighboring countries like Turkey and Lebanon.

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