"It's really exciting that Rutland will be welcoming additional families this coming summer, especially after this tumultuous political climate with the current administration," Berryhill said.
Last September, officials approved Rutland as a new refugee resettlement site and 100 Syrians and Iraqis were expected to arrive. The first two families arrived in mid-January. However, less than two weeks later, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that suspended refugee resettlement in the U.S for 120 days. Additionally, Syrian refugees were indefinitely barred from entering the country. Trump on March 6 signed a new executive order that lifted that indefinite block on Syrian refugees.
Berryhill said he was unsure if the new arrivals would stay with host families, an arrangement the first refugees used. The resettlement agency deals with the "nuts and bolts," he explained.