West Virginia could take in Syrian refugees

A Gazette editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One of this state’s shining moments occurred a decade ago when then-Gov. Joe Manchin offered to shelter refugees from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

The homeless, helpless people were housed temporarily at Camp Dawson in Preston County, then helped to start new lives. It was a superb humanitarian act.

Currently, vast numbers of desperate families are fleeing war-ravaged Syria and are overwhelming several European countries. Dismal photos of them fill the news. Germany generously is housing 800,000. Britain offered to accept 20,000. Brazil and Chile offered to take more.

So far, America hasn’t taken a stand. But we wonder if West Virginia could offer to receive some Syrian refugees…

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