From NOLA.com, reporter Michelle Hunter reports:
Despite blog posts and social media rumors indicating that thousands of Syrian refugees had already arrived in the New Orleans area, the U.S. State Department reported only 14 Syrian nationals have resettled in Louisiana since Jan. 1.
The State Department’s Refugee Processing Center handled three cases, settling seven refugees in Kenner, six in New Orleans and one in Baton Rouge, a spokesperson said.
Seven Syrian refugees arrived in Louisiana in April, and another resettled in June. Six more refugees arrived in November, according to processing center data.
Reports of 10,000 Syrians pouring into the New Orleans area began circulating online following the terrorist attacks in Paris Friday that left more than 129 people dead. Many, including Gov. Bobby Jindal, expressed concern about the immigration of Syrian refugees who are fleeing the violent civil war and terrorism in the Middle East and Africa.
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