A resettlement agency in Western Massachusetts is hoping to welcome more refugees into the country before President Trump’s latest executive order goes into effect next week. The order suspends the arrival of new refugees for at least 120 days.
Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, executive director of Catholic Charities in Springfield, said her agency is trying to figure out what the order means for people who are waiting to get here.
“I’m trying to zero-in on whether there is any possibility that those who are in the pipeline — in other words, already have been approved by the State Department –whether within the next 10 days or so those families could still move,” said Buckley-Brawner.
Buckley-Brawner said she wants to get three refugees from Afghanistan here, who have been approved by the State Department.
Since the president’s last executive order was blocked by the courts, more than 200 refugees have resettled in New England.