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Screen Shot 2017-01-02 at 1.12.15 PM.pngYeah, there’s a lot of controversy over the refugees scheduled to hit Rutland any day now, but there are a lot of kind souls getting ready for them. The NYT article linked above outlines it.

I can’t wait to see what happens!

I hope that their arrival is great and that it brings with it prosperity.

Will there be costs? Yes. At the beginning, there always are. Language classes. Supporting a needy population with necessities of life. Job training.

But there are also so many good things that come along with welcoming new populations. They bring an economic promise to pay rent, pay taxes and support the local economy once they get established. They have just come from chaos; they are not wanting to sustain it.

This Washington Post story refutes the idea that refugees are a “burden,” even though that is how they are primarily referred to. Multiple studies show that communities at least break even if they don’t see a financial gain from being a welcoming community.

Bring ’em on! I’m so excited!

 

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