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Fort Wayne Burmese Worried About Refugee Changes

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP): An advocate for Burmese refugees in Fort Wayne says she's worried that a change in U.S. policy will hurt efforts to reunite families.
 
       More than 4,000 refugees from Myanmar live in Fort Wayne, making the city one of the nation's largest Burmese communities.
 
       Burmese Advocacy Center leader Minn Myint Nan Tin tells The Journal Gazette she's concerned about the State Department's decision to stop accepting resettlement applications from Burmese refugees living in nine camps in Thailand.
 
       She says two people recently asked the center for help in bringing relatives to the United States, including a woman with three sons who've spent six years in refugee camps.
 
       A State Department spokeswoman says resettlements won't stop just because applications have been halted.

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