The Trump administration has cut the number of refugees allowed to settle in the U.S., citing security concerns and a desire that they remain closer to their home countries.
Last year, 981 found homes in Colorado — far fewer than in years past.
The change has created a degree of sadness among those hoping to bring their families here, said Kit Taintor, Colorado’s refugee resettlement coordinator.
“There’s a lot of refugees who live and reside in Colorado, and call it home, who have been waiting for the opportunity to rejoin with family members who are still overseas,” said Taintor.
This week, KUNC is sharing stories from our state’s refugee community.
We look at their impact on the communities they live in and the state’s economy — and what it’s like adjusting to a new culture.
KUNC’s Catherine Welch spoke with Collin Cannon. He’s with the Immigration and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado.
We start with the question: Where do these refugees come from?