Syrian refugees just arriving in the United States will likely not be watching the Republican or Democratic conventions or the political ups and downs of the campaign.
They are too busy learning to speak English and beginning their new life in America. However, many, refugees are well aware of the positions that presidential candidate Donald Trump has taken on Muslims and immigration.
Trump has proposed a ban on Muslims. He is also employing what he terms 'extreme vetting' of those who want to come to the United States.
One of those recent refugees, whom we'll call Mazan, said, "With all respect to Donald Trump, what he's saying is wrong." He rejected Trump's sweeping comments, lumping all Muslims under an umbrella of terrorism.
Jumana, his wife, said with a smile, "I would vote for the woman, not him."
Not that she can vote; these refugees are years away from becoming citizens. There are many aspects of daily life the refugees can only do with massive support from residents of Connecticut.
I spent two days in the state with some of the refugees from the war in Syria. Their focus is on starting anew. Finding a job, learning a new language, enjoying some peace.
They beam when discussing their new home. Hashim's teen daughter said, "I like America so much and I really wish to thank America for opening its arms for us and embracing us."
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