Local protesters want to welcome Syrian refugees to Tennessee

JOHNSON CITY – A week and a half after the terrorist attacks on Paris many leaders throughout the United States continue to debate the fate of Syrian immigration to the U.S.

The majority of Governors in the country said they do not want more Syrian refugees coming into their states before stricter precautions are put in place.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is among those who do not want to allow more refugees at this time.

In response to Governor Haslam’s stance, local Activist Whitney Prater who opposes Haslam’s opinion has planned a protest that is scheduled for Monday night in Johnson City to show support for refugees.

“It’s funny because just a few months ago everybody was saying all lives matter but when we deny Syrians refugee status here than we are not saying that all lives matter. We are clearly saying that Syrians don’t matter and Syrians do matter and refugees do matter,” said Prater.

The event starts at 6:00 pm (at N. State of Franklin and University Pkwy.) and will be in solidarity with a similar protest in Nashville that begins at the same time.


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