NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – The Syrian refugee couple relocated to Connecticut last year after being rejected by Indiana’s governor say they are still struggling with discrimination and other issues.
Abdullah and Fatema, who give only their first names because of security concerns, say they and their 5-year-old son have received a warm welcome from many in Connecticut. But they expressed surprise at the preconceived notions many Americans have of Muslims.
Abdullah says Americans should not fear his family. He owned a clothing store in Syria before the civil war. He would like to work at a store or dry cleaning business in Connecticut, but he says the language barrier has made finding work a struggle.
He works two days a week as a dishwasher as he continues looking for a full-time job.
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