As Catholic Charities gets ready to finalize a federal contract to resettle 51 refugees in Northampton, it’s unclear whether the new Trump Administration could restrict how many — and which — refugees are allowed in.
President-elect Donald Trump hasn’t elaborated much on immigration policy, beyond what he said during the campaign. But enough was laid out that many believe he will limit the number of refugees allowed into the U.S.
Residents are holding house parties to learn what refugees are likely to need from the community.
The U.S. State Department expects to increase the number of Syrian refugees it admits into the United States next year, and some could come to western Massachusetts.
Despite a request from Springfield’s mayor request, refugees from places like Bhutan, Somalia, and Iraq keep arriving. The differences they face in food, laws, and language can be dizzying. In addition, they often have to adapt to a very different work culture.
A newly formed group of non-profits, activists and religious leaders is denouncing a request Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno made to the State Department.
A State Department spokesperson says it hasn’t received Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s letter, asking the department stop placing refugees in the city.