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Rally held to bring Syrian migrants to St. Louis area

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Several groups are rallying Sunday to show support for the St. Louis region welcoming refugees from Syria.

“We’ve seen their lives destroyed.  We’ve seen people get on a raft and try to build better lives for themselves,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  “We need to take some type of action to alleviate their stress and suffering.”

Syed says he’s received overwhelming support from people sharing is position.   Critics have argued St. Louis can’t afford to welcome refugees when there are existing problems that need help.  Syed has heard that argument before and doesn’t buy it.

“When you bring in other refugees they get some limited government assistance in the beginning, but then they’re able to help rebuild they’re able to start working, pay taxes.”​