NBC 6: 'They Appreciate Our Country': Miami Congressman Meets With Syrian Refugee Families

By Steve Litz

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Washington, D.C., February 22, 2017 | comments
Two Syrian families who left everything behind in search of peace met with a Miami lawmaker Wednesday to help put a face to the refugee crisis.

South Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo met with the families, who are in Miami under refugee status. The families, who didn't want to be identified by name, said they're well aware of the stigma that comes with the words "Syrian refugees."

Speaking through an interpreter, one man said because of the security in the U.S. and the sense of being safe that emotionally they are stable and it gives them relief. One woman said that she knows in general they are not loved and not really welcome and it's hurtful.

Both families said they could no longer live in their war-torn country, so they left Syria and were living in camps in Jordan before recently making it to the United States. Congressman Curbelo said he's looking to raise awareness about the plight of Syrian refugees.

"To let it be known that these Syrian refugees, at least these Syrian refugees who I have met, all God-fearing people who love our country, they appreciate our country, they have been thoroughly vetted," Curbelo said.

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