BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Hundreds of people marched in Buffalo today to support refugees and send a strong message to the Erie County Legislature. Leaders got the message, passing a resolution to have an informational meeting about the ongoing debate over Syrian refugees.
At the meeting there will be representatives from homeland security, the FBI, local law enforcement, and other necessary parties to discuses myths and facts about the impact refugees have on our community.
“I personally am sick and tired of hearing people speak negatively not just about the Muslim community but about the refugee community. Fear starts with a lack of understanding,” said Julie Algubani, WNY Muslims executive director. “The refugees that have come here have worked tirelessly to rebuild our community and open their own businesses.”
A man who had to flee his West African village spoke out at the rally.
“I’m here today because I dared to believe. I am here because my parents dared to believe and they said to themselves we may not be able to accomplish our goals in Africa but maybe in America we can. That is why I will fight for all the refugees and all the immigrants going through this crisis.”
People rallying aren’t happy with conservative Erie County Legislature majority leader Joseph Lorigo. He said he has concerns refugees could be a burden on taxpayers. A meeting for the information meeting that will address those concerns hasn’t been set yet.