An online report recently surfaced making claims that the small Georgia City of Stone Mountain have taken in more Syrian refugees than New York City and Los Angeles combined.
This report gained readership after being listed as a trending topic on the social media site, Facebook.
Declaring that Stone Mountain, a DeKalb County town, had taken in 72 refugees since last October, the news site made bold claims without supporting the findings with solid facts.
The civil war in Syria which began in 2011 has transformed into an issue of where to re-locate refugees for Americans. This topic has remained influential during this presidential campaign
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal initially ordered a ban on Syrian refugees in the state. However, states do not hold any power to halt or ban the relocating processes.
The confusion is a result of the geographical layout of Stone Mountain.
Located in Stone Mountain is World Relief, a nonprofit organization providing aid and development for those in need internationally.
After speaking with Joshua Sieweke, the local director of the Stone Mountain World Relief location, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the false reports have drawn from a federal database which attributes refugee addresses with the address of the nonprofit’s address rather than the resulting address of the relocated refugee.
In regards to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in GA, Attorney General Samuel S. Olens made a statement where he disclosed serious concerns about recent terrorist attacks and their connections between the conflict in Syria.
This comment made was in response to the order to ban the resettlement of Syrian refugees by the Governor.
The Attorney General further supported this ban order by emphasizing the responsibility of Governor Deal “to protect the health and public welfare of all Georgians.”
At the time of the order, a local poll found that most Georgians agreed with the Governor’s decision to not accept Syrian refugees, with 58% of voters approving, 35% disapproving, and 7% undecided. No recent polls have been conducted on the opinions of Georgia residents regarding the ongoing resettlement process.
Both factual and logical evidences have debunked the report that refugees are populating a small town in GA. The Daily Caller’s claims suggest Stone Mountain welcomed nearly one-fifth of all Syrian Refugees in the state in its 1.5 square mile town.
Many organizations have since been initiating campaigns designed to get Georgians involved in the processes in supportive and effective ways, including New American Pathways.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that in addition to added security checks, the process prevents refugees from being placed in locations thoughtlessly, rather, refugees are resettled in locations which are fit to take in the populations.
Currently The Obama administration, which stood in the way of Deal’s ban on Syrian refugee resettlement, is on track to achieve it’s goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees before September ends, regardless of beliefs and concerns many Americans have relating to easy entrance to the states by Islamic militants.