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The City of Saratoga Springs issued a mayoral proclamation declaring the city to be a “Refugees Welcome” zone.

The mayoral proclamation states that Mayor Meg Kelly “joins with my fellow City Council members and the citizens of Saratoga Springs in welcoming refugees to our community and declaring our support for the resettlement of refugees regardless of religion, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or country of origin. It is our hope that other New York State communities will join in supporting a stronger national effort to resettle the world’s most vulnerable refugees.”

“Our group has been actively following the global refugee crisis and has aimed to raise awareness on the issue,” said Brianna Dungate, student area coordinator and member of the Saratoga Springs High School Amnesty International group.

“As members of this community and young activists, we wanted to take concrete action regarding the refugee crisis going on across the globe. We believe that it is imperative for the United States to continue to pave the way for the rest of the world by helping provide resources for thousands of desperate people, as it has historically.”