Summary: In the small city of Rutland, mayor Christopher Louras was faced with a major decrease in population. As a result of the shrinking population, Rutland is struggling to find workers which is ultimately preventing economic progress. The Vermont Refugee Resettlement recommended that 100 Syrian refugees be sent to Rutland to help fill vacant housing, work in entry-level jobs, and keep the economy moving. Along with Rutland, several other small towns joined together to sign a letter stating that they want more Syrian refugees. According to mayor of Fargo, Dr. Tim Mahoney, "Refugees have come in and brought a lot to our community." Although refugees are helping the economy prosper, there's still a lot of controversy about wether or not there's enough space for refugees.
History Connection: This article relates to the Guest Worker Program, where immigrants were allowed to enter America legally for jobs. Like the Guest Worker Program, many small cities want refugees to help make the economy flourish by doing work. By providing jobs for everyone, including refugees, America is giving everyone the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
Question for Discussion: Why do you think small cities are asking for specific immigrant groups (for example: Syrian refugees) to fill vacant jobs? How might this affect employment rates in the future?