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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder trying to turn state in to Muslim refuge

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder trying to turn state in to Muslim refuge

By Ian Thibodeau for MLive.com

Gov. Rick Snyder is among a handful of U.S. politicians who have chimed in on the nation's role in aiding Syrian refugees.

Snyder said Tuesday he's looking into a role Michigan might play in taking in Syrian refugees fleeing violence at the hands of the Islamic State, Syrian government and other entities in the war-torn country, according to a report from The Associated Press.

That has left some speculating about where the refugees would settle in the U.S.

Might Detroit house a number of the refugees?

Said Snyder after a meeting of the state Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs on Tuesday: "There is a real crisis in the Middle East with refugees. ... Isn't it part of our nature as Americans to say, 'How can we help people in need?'"

Michigan has one of the larger Middle Eastern populations in the country. Snyder reportedly said he would like to see that population flourish.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. would take in 10,000 Syrian refugees by September 2016.

The U.S. admitted fewer than 2,000 refugees in 2015.

According to The New York Times, Germany has committed to taking 500,000 refugees per year.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills sent a letter to President Obama calling for the U.S. to open its doors to no less than 100,000 refugees "in coming years."

Peters wants 30,000 refugees to be taken in next year.

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