In one of the most controversial topics of the year, Connecticut is rolling out with plans to bring in refugees desperate to escape war-torn Syria.
Hailed as the “right thing to do” by supporters, refugees are beginning to prepare for their new life in the Nutmeg State. On the list is learning English, finding a job, and enjoying the quiet life.
Opponents, however, are screaming mad about the move; saying that the state isn’t even capable of helping its own citizens, from those struggling with addiction and mental health to homeless veterans. Many say their tax dollars are being spread too thin and not in the right direction. Critics are also concerned that the violence demonstrated from refugees in Germany and France might occur here, saying that there isn’t a reliable way to completely vet those who come into the state.
CNN wrote a glowing article about Connecticut’s stance on refugees, saying the state began accepting Syrians in June, 43 in total, and upped the threshold in July. So far, over 60 refugees have resettled in the state this month alone.
Governor Malloy turned July’s crowd into a symbolic occasion because one of the families seeking refuge in the U.S. was first rejected by Indiana Governor Mike Pence, now Donald Trump’s running mate. That move already earned Malloy the John F. Kennedy Library 2016 Profile in Courage award.
Despite how one may feel about this, Connecticut is quickly becoming the destination for refugees. It’s all thanks to the programs already put in place to help them assimilate to the American life. Nonprofits have lined up, teaming with church groups and volunteer outreach programs, to speed along the process. These agencies do everything from driving classes to teaching children how to count.
Officials believe if more state adopted Connecticut’s approach to taking in families, the U.S. could sponsor as many as 150,000 individuals.