Waterford Township board to vote on whether to accept Syrian refugees

Posted at 5:33 AM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 08:54:29-04

 A community in metro Detroit is discussing the influx of Syrian refugees.

The board of trustees in Waterford Township will be voting on whether to accept refugees at a meeting tonight at 6 p.m. 

A resolution was passed stating that the township will not participate until the federal refugee resettlement program is reformed.

Township officials claim the United States has not demonstrated that the refugees are being properly checked out and fears that terrorists may use the program to gain entry into America.

Oakland County leads Michigan in refugee resettlement and Michigan leads the nation, according to the State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

The Jewish Community Relations Council has called on Oakland County officials to welcome refugees - saying there was a time Jewish refugees were turned away.

We will have the outcome of the vote tonight. Stay with for updates on this developing story.