SAN BERNARDINO – Approximately twenty-six Syrian refugees have settled in the City of Victorville since 2016, according to the Refugee Processing Center, which is run by the U.S. Department of State. Several other cities in San Bernardino County have also received refugees from numerous different countries.
Just like the rest of the United States the residents in these cities are divided with their thoughts on their new neighbors. Some believe it is just part of political asylum, which is agreed upon in the not only the United States, but the United Nations. Others feel this is a breach of U.S. borders and detrimental to the safety of U.S. Citizens. In an article in ‘The Atlantic’ posted on January 30, 2017, Uri Friedman wrote an article and used data collected by Immigration Expert Alex Nowrasteh. Nowrashteh found that since 1975 in the U.S. there have been no attacks on U.S. soil committed by Syrians and out of the 3.25 million refugees from numerous countries who were allowed in the U.S. in the last 40 years, only 20 were convicted of terror-related crimes. The problem for some communities is that residents feel that they have the right to be notified publicly when a refugee is placed in their city.
Since 2016, the Town Apple Valley has become home to 9 Iraqi refugees, the City of Fontana has received three new residents from Honduras and El Salvador, Highland received one Syrian refugee, Redlands has received one refugee from Burma, San Bernardino became home to two from El Salvador refugees, Upland received two refugees from El Salvador, and twenty-six Syrian refugees have moved to the City of Victorville. The Trump administration attempted to stop the travel from numerous countries, listing random countries, but the executive order was stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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