Syria, Jordan, Vermont: Connections To The Refugee Crisis

Feb 9, 2017

People across Vermont and around the world have been transfixed by the immigration story that has unfolded in the last two weeks - and especially the impact on refugees. In the midst of it, VPR's Nina Keck was reporting on the Syrian refugee crisis from Jordan.

Keck joins us to describe the circumstances of Syrian refugees who were waiting and hoping for a chance at resettlement in the United States, in places like Rutland where around a hundred Syrians were expected to be resettled this year. Instead, two chaotic weeks of changes and challenges to U.S. immigration policy put resettlement in limbo, and sent waves of disappointment and shock through refugee communities.

Read and listen to Keck's reporting from Jordan
 

Also in the program, the co-editors of the Burlington High School newspaper. Jake Bucci and Alexandre Silberman recently testified to the Senate Education Committee about S.18, a bill that would give students more freedom in publishing the news. They talk with us about freedom of the press and how student newspapers are the proving ground for budding journalists.

Broadcast live on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.