The first of several dozen refugees are expected to arrive in Northampton, Mass., soon after the first of the year. It’s unclear whether the Trump administration could restrict how many and which refugees are later allowed in.
Catholic Charities hopes to finalize a contract this week to resettle 51 people who could come from Iraq, Syria, the Congo and Burundi. The group’s director, Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, says once Donald Trump becomes president, it is possible the U.S. might slow the flow of refugees.
“Anything could happen from a complete close down of the resettlement program to a kind of selective closing down for certain populations or for people who come from particular countries.” said Buckley-Brawner.
Such as Syria or Iraq.
It’s not know yet if the refugee program will be affected, but Buckley-Brawner says nearly 800 people in Northampton have volunteered to welcome and help settle the newcomers.
Some have offered temporary housing, reduced rent or a free apartment for an entire year. Others have volunteered to teach English, provide childcare, transportation and even space to garden.