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Syrian refugees face pushback in Vt.
by Brian MacQuarrie
The journey from war-torn Syria to Rutland, Vt., has suddenly become more difficult for an estimated 100 refugees, following a declaration by the city's aldermen that they do not support the controversial resettlement plan.
The Board of Aldermen, in a 7-3 vote last week, decided to send a letter to the State Department that said the public had been kept in the dark about the plan, developed largely in secret by Mayor Christopher Louras and others to accept Syrians who have fled the onslaught of Islamic State forces.
Although Louras has insisted that a majority of Rutland's residents welcome the refugees, most aldermen have now taken a step in the opposite direction. The plan, announced publicly in April, had been months in the making.
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