Refugee Resettlement

Annie Russell / VPR

The resettling of Syrian refugees in the U.S. has become a national debate: While many governors have tried to block Syrians from entering their states, Gov. Peter Shumlin has pledged to continue to accept Syrian refugees.

Toby Talbot / AP

It was a different time – June 10, 1940 – when my widowed mother and I, and my brother, walked down the plank of the S.S. Manhattan onto the New York City pier, lined with suitcases and trunks that held the worldly possessions of families fleeing Nazi Europe. 

Sage Van Wing / VPR File

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott says he has become more comfortable with the vetting of Syrian refugees after learning more from state and federal officials about the process.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Since the early 1980s, Vermont has welcomed more than 7,000 refugees fleeing humanitarian crises in their home countries. On Tuesday, some of the newest arrivals got a special visit from Gov. Peter Shumlin, who used their English class as the backdrop for his latest volley in the battle over immigration policy.

Darko Vojinovic / AP

Bruce Lisman and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, Vermont's two Republican gubernatorial candidates, say the state should hold off on allowing refugees from Syria to settle in Vermont.

Their comments come in the wake of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s call for the state to welcome the refugees.

Santi Palacios / AP

After a terrorist attack in Paris killed 129 people over the weekend, more than a dozen governors announced Monday that Syrian refugees are not welcome in their states. Gov. Peter Shumlin’s spokesman said Shumlin welcomes the opportunity to accept refugees.