Small Mississippi town Louise: Syrian refugees are welcome here

Officials in Louise, a Mississippi town of 200, say they’ll take refugees from Syria, even though Gov. Phil Bryant has said he’ll do “everything humanly possible” to keep such resettlements away from Mississippi….

…The Louise Board of Aldermen voted Nov. 17 to support the U.S. policy to accept refugees, WAPT-TV reported.

It was the right thing to do, said Mayor Ruffin Smith. “Our Christian faith teaches us we should do well by others who are saved through Jesus, but that doesn’t mean we should mistreat or ignore (or) misuse others who aren’t,” he said.

The resolution states, “This town’s governing body fears no threat, but rather feels its Christian duty and obligation to divine providence which has led this great nation from its founding to contribute relief for these poor people’s needs.”