Durham vigil focuses on contributions of immigrants

— Leaders of various faith communities in the Triangle are responding to the global refugee crisis and want to send a message that immigrants and refugees are welcome in the state.

A Monday evening prayer vigil and dinner at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, in Durham, was sponsored by faith groups as well as refugee and immigrant advocates. They said that in the face of some recent backlash against Syrian refugees, they want to send a very intentional message – that immigrants and refugees are welcome in North Carolina.

The group said they planned to highlight the contributions immigrants make to the local community rather than focusing on what some perceive to be drawbacks.

Several refugees were expected to speak at the event.

,Leaders of various faith communities in the Triangle are responding to the global refugee crisis and want to send a message that immigrants and refugees are welcome in the state.

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