City of Lansing seeks to be welcoming place for refugees

Posted at 8:40 AM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 08:40:35-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — City officials in Lansing say they want to make the city a more welcoming place for refugees and immigrants of all faiths.

Lansing officials including Mayor Virg Bernero say Michigan’s capital city is joining several other communities in the state as participants in the Welcoming Michigan coalition.

The coalition says on its website it was created in response in part to “disturbing comments made at the national level” about Arabs, refugees and those of the Muslim faith.

The Lansing State Journal reports officials Monday are discussing steps to promote inclusiveness. WILX-TV reports City Council also is backing the effort.

The East Lansing City Council and Ingham County Board of Commissioners both passed resolutions this year that support refugees from Syria and other countries in the Middle East.