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More Michigan cities "welcoming" immigrants

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A growing number of Michigan cities are opening their doors to immigrants, despite a national debate over allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S.

Lansing city officials today signed a pledge making the capitol one of nearly a dozen Michigan cities pledging to welcome immigrants.

Mayor Virg Bernero laments the current national debate over Syrian refugees is creating negative feelings about immigration.

“I’m in a way shocked that announcing what we’re announcing is news at all,” Bernero told those gathered for a mid-day news conference. “But that says something about where we are in the year 2015.”

Groups that help immigrants resettle in Michigan say they are receiving more offers of help, since the national political debate over Syrian refugees started.

Judy Harris is with St. Vincent Catholic Charities. She helps immigrants resettle in mid-Michigan.

“There’s a lot of places now that are closing their doors,” says Harris. “It’s wonderful that Lansing is opening their doors to refugees.”

Harris says her office helps about 600 new immigrants a year get settled in mid-Michigan. That number is expected to rise to 700 next year.   

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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