Syrian Refugees

Shannon Bowers

A documentary film crew from Springfield has just returned from Jordan, where they spent a week interviewing Syrian refugees. 

Shannon Bowers is a lead producer and the main interviewer for Carbon Trace Productions film crew.  She and three others landed in Amman, grabbed some hummus and tabbouli, then went to work filming in refugee clinics run by the Syrian American Medical Society.

As the debate on whether to accept Syrian refugees rages, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says now is not the time for a new national identity.

“As Americans, we have always been a country of immigrants,” Nixon says. “We have always a place that welcomed people who had horrific things happen to them, whether it has been in Africa or Bosnia or now in Syria.”

He says he understands the concerns of Missourians who are reticent to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

20 Republican state senators have now joined in calling on Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to suspend the acceptance of Syrian refugees relocating in Missouri.

On Monday in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, Nixon said he wants “federal partners to implement the strongest possible safeguards to protect our state and nation.” But he stopped short of refusing refugees from settling in Missouri, which other governors – including Arkansas’ Asa Hutchinson – are in favor of.