Nov 24, 2015 9:35 PM

Candlelight vigils across NH support refugees from all countries

MANCHESTER - Dozens gathered in song and prayer, delivering messages of love and peace, and a letter to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte’s Manchester offices calling on them to vote down any legislation that would halt the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

Ayotte has said no refugees should be allowed into the country until the government can 100% guarantee they're not affiliated with the Islamic State. Shaheen has stated her support of the resettlement program and says it would be wrong to end it.

Among the supporters was Ana Lopez, who came to the United States as a refugee in the 1960’s, fleeing communism in Cuba.

“This is a country of freedom, this is an immigrant country,” Lopez said.

Sara Smith, the daughter of a Polish immigrant also offered her support.

“My father was a refugee from Poland many years ago from the Russian Revolution and the First World War, and I feel that I should extend the same welcome to other people,” Smith said.

Not everyone feels so welcoming, in the wake of the Paris attacks it was learned at least one terrorist traveled there as a Syrian refugee. Many are now calling for a strengthened vetting process.

Since 2008, New Hampshire has resettled 3,317 refugees from over a dozen countries.


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