Hendersonville church says it’s not likely to get refugees

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Hendersonville church says it’s unlikely it will be able to help refugees come to the area for years, if ever.

A statement from the senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church said the church researched the idea and found the church’s distance from an approved resettlement center made it impossible now.

City Councilman Ron Stephens is a former member of the church and raised concerns after receiving an email that the church was in the early stages of trying to resettle refugees from foreign countries. Stephens worried the plan could open the door for Syrian refugees.

Senior warden Eugene Carr said the church had never considered which country might be involved.

The city released a statement that it had to power to cause or prohibit refugee resettlement.

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