Nothing will change, as far as Connecticut is concerned when it comes to resettling Syrian refugees, so long as Governor Dannel Malloy leads the state.
At a the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge, joined by Jewish faith leaders, immigration advocates, and even several recently resettled refugees, the governor committed to helping as many people escape terror as possible.
“We need to stand up for individuals. We need to protect them. We need to do that as a nation.”
To date, Connecticut has accepted more than 300 refugees who have escaped the ongoing humanitarian crisis and civil war in Syria.
Some of them were in attendance at the JCC, Tuesday.
Wafaa now lives in the Danbury area, and said she couldn't be happier to have ended up in the United States with her husband and three sons.
“I’m very happy with everything that happened to my family," she told reporters. "I'm very lucky to come here."
Tuesday's event was spurred by the recent election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. Trump was elected on a platform of cracking down on Muslim immigration into the United States, and even proposed creating a registry for Muslims that come from countries with known terror ties.
Malloy said Connecticut would be at the front lines of a legal fight if any such efforts were to come to fruition.
“I would fight any attempt to limit refugee status being given based on religion," he said.