Could Syrian Migrants Come to Mississippi?

In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, Syrian refugees gather outside their embassy waiting to apply for passports or to renew their old ones, in Amman, Jordan. Hundreds of Syrian refugees line up at their country's embassy every day for a long shot at a better future in Europe: They apply for Syrian passports that can get them into Turkey without visas, and from there plan to start dangerous journeys by sea and land to the continent. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

JACKSON, Miss. – Over the next year the United States will accept over 85,000 refugees from across the world, that’s according to a White House press release. President Obama has asked his team to make preparations to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year due to the crisis in the country. Governor Phil Bryant says he’s aware and tracking the possibility of migrants coming to Mississippi.

“We’ve reached out to some sources at the Department of Homeland Security and others trying to find out if any of those numbers like that will come to the state of Mississippi,” says the Republican governor. However, he hasn’t gotten any answers.

“Last year there were 200 from the border crossing sent to Mississippi and they would not tell us where those individuals were at,” says Bryant.

Catholic Charities in Jackson is authorized to take in migrant children, not adults. According to a spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese, they’ve gotten no Syrian refugees and none are in the vetting process to come to the state, at this time.

“We’re continually trying to update any information that we might have so that we can manage any refugees that may come in to the state of Mississippi. We hope there are none but we think we deserve to know, we know who they are and where they’re going,” says Bryant.

Earlier this month Pope Francis urged European Catholics to welcome Syrian refugees. His Holiness is expected to address the issue with the U.S. Congress, Thursday.

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