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W.Va. a Welcome Home for Refugees

Among the last resolutions adopted by West Virginia lawmakers over the weekend was one urging President Joe Biden to expedite entrance of Ukainian refugees into the U.S., and welcoming them to the Mountain State.

“The United States stands with the people of Ukraine. West Virginia stands with the people of Ukraine,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Trump, R-Morgan.

Good. Organizations throughout the state are stretched thin, but are run by the kinds of people willing to stretch a little further should it mean helping someone in need; and communities here are always willing to welcome new folks “with open arms,” as Biden put it.

This is a West Virginia trait that does not differ based on the letter someone chooses to put after his or her last name. If someone needs our help, we give it.

“I think it’s very important to send that message that West Virginia is open and would welcome those who want to call West Virginia their home,” said state Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld, R-Brooke.

“We give you the shirt off our back. We welcome you to sit on the porch. We invite you to dinner,” said Sen. Stephen Baldwin, D-Greenbrier. “We give you a place to stay for the night. This is a place of hospitality, and that’s why I’m so proud to stand with my colleagues in support for this resolution for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters who need us right now.”

Weld was also correct in his assessment that new West Virginians who have come from Ukraine may do as much good for us as we do for them.

Should they make it to West Virginia, we know Ukrainians will feel at-home here, as they await what will happen to their own. Though we hope they are able one day to return to a free Ukraine, while they are here, they will always be free, because they will be Mountaineers.

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