A newly formed group of non-profits, activists and religious leaders is denouncing a request Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno made to the State Department. Sarno wants to halt refugee placements in the city for the next year.
Sarno’s letter cited a strain on Springfield’s school system, housing conditions and a high rate of crime against refugees, as his reasons for asking for the moratorium. Kathryn Buckley-Brawner is the director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield, which assists refugees and others.
“The publicly inhospitable stance take by the Sarno administration has made the refugees the target, for anyone, who wants to deflect the blame for the ills of the city, and place it at the feet of an already vulnerable group.”, Buckley-Brawner says.