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    1st Syrian Refugee Family Reaches Vermont
    FILE - AP
    In this Dec. 10, 2016 photo, Syrian refugee Ahmad Alkhalaf heads out to play soccer with friends during a day camp for local Muslim children in Sharon, Mass. "Anything is possible in this world. You just have to believe in yourself," says Ahmad, whose arms were blown off above the elbows in a refugee camp bomb blast, which also killed three of his siblings. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    The first Syrian refugee family has arrived in Vermont, and the second is on its way.

    Stacie Blake, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, said the first family arrived in Rutland late Wednesday, and the second is due later Thursday.

    Citing privacy concerns, Blake wouldn't describe the makeup of the families

    No one knows if the incoming Trump administration will change current plans for Rutland to receive about 100 refugees from Syria and Iraq this year.

    In addition to offering a sanctuary for refugees fleeing violence, Rutland city officials hope the refugees can help revive the community.

    Dozens of volunteers have been helping Rutland prepare for the arrival of the refugees. But some feel the refugees could pose a threat and take resources from locals.

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