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Board seeks restriction on Syrian refugees to Gloucester

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted 6-1 Tuesday night to add to its legislative priorities for 2016 a statement that would make it tougher for Syrian refugees to locate here.

The recommendation comes just days after 132 people were killed during a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, France, with an extremist group based in Syria and Iraq claiming responsibility.

The county discussed at its last meeting its legislative priorities and many of those priorities had already been adopted by the Virginia Association of Counties. However, this addition, which was introduced by at-large supervisor John Meyer Jr., would serve to emphasize the county’s viewpoint on the refugee situation to Virginia Sen. Tommy Norment and Del. Keith Hodges.

Meyer read an addition drafted by several state legislators that states, “We support legislation that will prohibit state agencies from further assisting in the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Virginia for the next two years.&rd...

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