A local organization that helps refugees says they haven’t welcomed as many families as previous years.
Tami McLaughlin is the director of World Relief Fox Valley. She says they were hoping to help 150 people this year but they’ve only had 37 with three months left of their fiscal year. She says executive orders in the government have made it more difficult.
McLaughlin says despite the setbacks many refugees are hitting new milestones. She says some they’ve helped are starting to buy homes, sending children to college, and buying new vehicles. She says it’s especially true for ones who have been here four or five years.
McLaughlin says last night they celebrated the upcoming World Refugee Day on Wednesday. It’s a date designated by the United Nations to honor and recognize what people have been through.