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Votes for Refugee Resettlement Are Votes for Kindness, Hospitality

MALD candidate Caitlin Flynn explores the misconceptions about refugees, in an op-ed for the Duluth News Tribune.

In early February, at a town hall in Cloquet, community members gathered to discuss the resettlement of refugees. As the News Tribune reported, one woman in the crowd shouted, "We want legal refugees," to which another woman retorted, "Refugees are legal by definition." 

It's true refugees are legal, and the legal title of “refugee” is not awarded lightly. But there are many misconceptions about who refugees are, how they get to the U.S., and how they will fit into our communities. 

With the St. Louis County Board scheduled to vote May 26 on whether to consent to refugee resettlement, there are things to know.

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