For Syrians in Michigan, call to block refugees is a gut punch

November 17, 2015 2:28 AM

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For Syrians in Michigan, call to block refugees is a gut punch

ROYAL OAK, MICH. — Rasha Basha shoved skyward the noisy metal door to a warehouse in this suburb of Detroit, and the afternoon sun illuminated a vast plain of wooden furniture, household appliances and colorful baby walkers.

Basha’s visits to this place are usually joyous occasions, the moment when grateful families newly arrived from Syria select bedroom sets, toothbrushes and other tangible evidence of lives, finally, being rebuilt. But on Monday, Basha scanned the space with anxiety, worried that the six families she...

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