In a Refugee-dense Dallas Neighborhood, Newcomers Say They Came for Peace as Fears Grow About Ban

Mohammad Faroz had a simple message this week for the American public: "We just want peace."He's just 15, a war-weary refugee from Afghanistan. The freshman at Conrad High School in Dallas expressed what others were feeling, too, as they tried to distill the impact of a temporary refugee ban signed by President Donald Trump on Friday.In Vickery Meadow, the aging Dallas neighborhood of sprawling apartment complexes synonymous with refugees, resettlement workers and social workers were quick to defend and embrace the refugees."Refugees are people who are not bringing violence," said Donna Duvin, the Dallas head of a refugee resettlement agency. "They are fleeing violence and persecution. For us to confuse them with perpetrators of violence is to really do them a disservice."  Continue reading...

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