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December 21, 2015

Nonprofits Battle Governors Over Resettling Syrians

The debate over relocating Syrian refugees in the United States is fueling a fight between charities that provide large-scale assistance for migrants and governors who want to stop such resettlement in their states, The Wall Street Journal writes. Groups such as World Relief and the International Rescue Committee have continued placing families fleeing Syria's civil war in states that have raised security concerns over refugee resettlement since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

Nine nonprofits have contracts with the U.S. government to provide a variety of services, through hundreds of state and local affiliates, to refugees who have been cleared by multiple federal agencies to settle in the country. About two dozen governors, almost all of them Republicans, have sought to block new arrivals from Syria, saying the existing, multiyear vetting procedures are not sufficient to guarantee the safety of their states' residents. "We've never seen anything like this before," said Mark Hetfield, the chief executive at aid charity HIAS, of the objections.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on charities working with Syrian refugees amid political opposition.