Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fredericton Mayor Muses about Becoming a 'Sanctuary City' for Refugees

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fredericton Mayor Muses about Becoming a 'Sanctuary City' for Refugees

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Fredericton should be 'sanctuary city': mayor

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FREDERICTON - The mayor of Fredericton says he would like the New Brunswick capital to become a sanctuary city -- opening its doors to anyone seeking refuge in Canada.

"What it theoretically means is we're an open city for any ... undocumented refugee that hasn't got citizenship status," Mayor Mike O'Brien said Wednesday.

Although not a major destination for illegal immigration, Fredericton has welcomed more Syrian refugees per capita than any other Canadian city, according to the New Brunswick Multicultural Association.

O'Brien said it might make more sense for the province to be declared a sanctuary province, since it would bear many of the responsibilities for caring for refugees, like education and health care. …

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