Waterford Township, a community of approximately 73,000 people in Michigan, has passed a resolution to prevent more refugees from resettling into their local community.
The measure requests that the federal government doesn't resettle any refugees including those from Syria until the program has been reformed.
Detroit News notes that the vote may be pointless because the federal government has jurisdiction over refugee placement. But a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would give communities the choice to opt out.
In effect, the move filed by the city's Board of Trustees is more symbolic than anything else.
Resident John Nagle called the move a “fear-based” resolution.
Another resident Scott Hancock condemned the township's action. "I’ve lived here my entire life. I’ve never been embarrassed to be a Waterford citizen until I saw this resolution," he said.
“That doesn’t really line up the greatest values of our nation as well as of our community. I’m not sure why we can’t have a resolution that can be both welcoming and secure at the same time for the safety of its people,” Nagle said.
The United States has accepted 745,000 refugees since September 11, 2001. Out of this resettlement, only two Iraqi men in Kentucky have been arrested on terrorist charges. Discuss
SIDS is a tragic reality for many American families, claiming the lives of about 3,500 babies each year in the United States.
The study shows that co-sleeping with parents sleeping in the same room, but not the same bed, as their infant, reduces the risk of SIDS by half. Ideally, infants should sleep in the same room as parents up to age 1, the organization writes.
"The whole phenomenon of SIDS implies that we don't know 100 percent what is responsible for the death, but we have theories," said Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, member of the Task Force on SIDS and co-author of the report.
Winter also added that a baby within reach of their mother or in an environment that has an increase in stimulation may feel more comfort. This proximity also facilitates breastfeeding which in itself has also been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS by 50 percent. Discuss
A new report shows that the death toll on the Mediterranean continues to rise.
At least 3,740 people have died so far this year, nearly matching 2015's death toll of 3,771 when almost a million people began the trip.
Smugglers have become exploitative of the disastrous conditions brought on in Libya's civil war, preying on those struggling to survive and their will to live by sending thousands of people on inflatable rafts from Libya to Italy.
The amount of people being sent out lowers their risks of being caught but also complicates the work of rescue teams.
“This is by far the worse we ever have seen in the Mediterranean,” William Spindler, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said during a news briefing. “You could say that the death rate has increased three-fold.”
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that at least 17 bodies were recovered over the weekend while 2,200 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean waters. One in 47 migrants taking the Libya-Italy route does not survive. Discuss
A father and son team have created one of the weirdest and most fun Instagram feeds you’ll see today. The concept is pretty simple: 6-year-old Dom draws random objects—mostly animals—and his dad uses Photoshop to turn them into reality.
They are a combination of hilarious and terrifying.
It's been a long time coming, and now the world is getting its first real look at Netflix's four-part series, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The trailer for the highly anticipated show released this morning.