Trump’s impact on Syrian refugee resettlement

12,500 refugees were resettled in the U.S. in 2016.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Discussions about having refugees resettle in western Massachusetts have been going on for months.

In Northampton, 51 Refugees are slated to resettle here, with the first families arriving here in January.

Yet with Trump’s stance on immigration being largely different than President Obama’s there has been concern about the resettlements that are already in the process.

However, agencies that are in charge of resettling refugees have a contract with the State Department.

So for Northampton the numbers are not likely to change with the fiscal year for 2017 starting in October. There is still a possibility his administration could intervene when he begins his presidency in January.

“As far as I’m concerned refugees are welcomed here but I’m afraid of what he’s going to do. I mean he’s going to try to get rid of anybody that doesn’t look like him and sound like him and that’s terrible,” said Elizabeth Denny of Florence.

12,500 refugees were resettled in the U.S. in 2016. More than 100 resettled in Massachusetts last year.