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Syrian refugees could come to San Diego

SAN DIEGO – As Congress continues to mull over whether or not to get involved in the Syrian conflict, San Diego is gearing up for a possible influx of Syrian refugees.

During the invasion of Iraq, roughly 800 refugees move to San Diego. Now, the region could soon become home to hundreds of refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict.

“We know now that the conflict has created 2 million refugees,” said Bob Montgomery, executive director for the International Rescue Committee in San Diego. “Four million have been displaced internally within Syria.”

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 9.20.34 PMThe I.R.C. has helped thousands of war refugees rebuild their lives in the United States by helping them learn English, find jobs and a place to live.

The group is closely following the developments in Syria and making sure it’s ready for what may be to come.

“I can’t forget the view of the blood on the floor and the sounds of the shots,” said Khalid Taha, who left Syria soon after the “Arab spring,” which was followed by a rise in violence 2 years ago.

Taha works, goes to school and lives in San Diego. He said many in Syria are currently trying to flee in fear of losing their life in midst of the violence.

Meantime, Montgomery said the U.S. has yet to allow the resettlement of additional refugees from Syria, but if the U.S. does take them in, most of them will likely end up in San Diego.

“We’ve had refugees from Iraq for so much time now, we have a lot of resources developed specifically for Arabic speaking people,” Montgomery said.

Watch the full interview with Khalid Taha about the Syrian conflict and how it will impact San Diego.


8 Comments to “Syrian refugees could come to San Diego”

    KlauSS said:
    September 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Really, got Somali refugees and they still can figure out how a zipper works, send those Syrians to North Dakota, Montana….. what's wrong with those places??

    Bowler's Desk San Diego News said:
    September 6, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Reblogged this on San Diego News – Bowler's Desk and commented:
    Syrian refugees could come to San Diego

    Markit8dude said:
    September 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM


    Ro Batey said:
    September 6, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Ro Batey

    My parents were refugees back in the late 70's, so I understand the need to seek asylum and I commend America for doing that for so many people, BUT there comes a time where enough is enough!!! We have to have a stopping point. We have to have a limit – which, we do and have faaaaaaaaaaaar exceeded! Immigration & asylum needs to be closely monitored and controlled! San Diego is overrun with immigrants from the Middle East and it's not only a strain on the economy, living and welfare expenses but on life long residents who have to deal with immigrants being DUMPED into our cities with no direction what so ever!!!! So rather than starting wars with every country in the middle east, AMERICA, how about we stay the F out of their business and not have to worry about providing refugee asylum!!!

    Guest said:
    September 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    What is so wrong with sending refugees to Washington DC? Oh wait, I forgot the Politician's want nothing to do with them.

    Just Me said:
    September 18, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    So how will the politicians know that we aren't bringing more "Boston Bombers" to our country?

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