Debate Over Accepting Refugees Continues in West Virginia

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The debate over whether to accept Syrian refugees continues to rage on in West Virginia.

An online petition urging Governor Tomblin to ban them from West Virginia now has 14,000 signatures.

Local Syrian families said they are hurt and disheartened by the lack of sympathy.

We spoke to one physician who was once a refugee.

He said he supports having a strict screening process.

But that the fear of refugees in this country is deeply misguided.

“They are not the perpetrators. They are the victims,” said Dr. H.A. Ashhab.

Dr. Ashhab said there are hundreds of Syrian-Americans living in the Charleston Huntington area.

He stressed the importance of not punishing Muslims for the violent actions of a few.

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