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Binghamton Council Votes Down Welcoming Refugees Into City

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Binghamton's City Council has voted down the resolution calling for the welcoming of refugees.

Opinions were voiced at a public discussion in City Hall on a top issue in America today.

Council's action reflects growing opposition in New York and across the country toward allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found 51 percent of Americans are against the Obama administration plan of allowing at least 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country. 43 percent support the policy.

"If this is an issue that we are to take up, this is an issue that we should take up in 2016 as we have more information, as the public becomes more aware of it so we can make a decision within the city." said Binghamton resident Michael Vasquez.

The American Civic Association introduced the proposal, asking council to take a public stance to show Binghamton would remain proud of its diverse background and continue to welcome refugees.