Just a month ago we were celebrating Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as a beacon of leadership and light on how states can and should step up to resettle Syrian refugees into the fabric of American society. We were unfortunately reminded this week of just how fickle political figures can be because when push came to shove, Governor Snyder was the first of 36 Governors who said they would no longer resettle Syrian refugees in their state. His disappointing reversal was disturbingly supported by the Michigan Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs, a 15-member body set up to advocate for the contributions and concerns of Michigan’s sizeable Arab American community. Others like Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan have stepped up to stand against the Governor’s announcement – an announcement that he lacks the legal standing to enforce.

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