In Western Mass., Confusion And Frustration As Refugee Arrivals On Hold

Jul 13, 2017

We're beginning to see the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding much of President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration and refugees. The U.S. has now hit the Trump-imposed annual cap of 50,000 refugees. There are exceptions carved out by the Supreme Court, but details remain in flux.

This has led to confusion and frustration locally among refugee resettlement agencies and residents who volunteered to assist them. Kathryn Buckley-Brawner of Catholic Charities in Springfield tells us this uncertainty extends to a group of refugees that had been scheduled to arrive in Northampton.