Moulton Meets With Syrian Refugees

Nadia Alawa is a Syrian Immigrant who says the change in the atmosphere she has been experienced since the Paris Terror attacks is worse than 9-11.

And she has a message for Americans calling for a ban on allowing Syrian refugees into the country - she says no Syrian wants to leave there country.

Alawa was part of a closed door roundtable in Boston along with Syrian refugees, and state and city leaders, hosted by Congressman Seth Moulton, to discuss issues facing the refuguee community in Massachusetts and to discuss the importance of federal policies that could keep Syrian refugees out of the US.

A new poll shows 51-percent in Massachusetts say the state should accept the refugees who have been properly vetted while 40 percent say the state should not allow the refugees because a terrorist could slip through the screening process - though Moulton says refugees go through the strictest screening process of anyone entering the US.

Moulton says, "It just doesn't make a lot of sense that they would choose, literally, the most difficult way to get into the US."

Secretary of State John Kerry sent a letter to US Governors - more than half of whom have called for a block on Syrian refugees explaining exactly what the vetting process involves.
Moulton says, "A lot of the process involves interviews with experts who are trained to tell if someone is telling the truth or not."

Governor Charlie Baker exchanged sharp words with Congressman Moulton last week after Baker first said he was not interested in accepting refugees from Syria.

But Baker now says his position is neither to block all Syrian refugess nor let them all in.
He has staked out a more nuanced middle ground.

Baker said, "That it's important for the United States and for Massachusetts to continue to be a source of support for people who are fleeing terror and war and tragedy all over the globe,"

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