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Governor Snyder: Arab Community A ‘Good Role Model’ In Dealing With Terry Jones

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Gov. Rick Snyder holds a Town Hall meeting with Arab-Americans in Dearborn. (credit: Sandra McNeil/WWJ)

Gov. Rick Snyder holds a Town Hall meeting with Arab-Americans in Dearborn. (credit: Sandra McNeil/WWJ)

DEARBORN (WWJ) — After a week that saw controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones host three more Qur’an burnings, Michigan governor Rick Snyder spoke at a Town Hall meeting at the Arab-American National Museum in Dearborn on Monday.

Snyder praised the Arab community for showing restraint and responding to Jones in a civil fashion.

“Being proactive and talking about peace and trying to work well with people,” Snyder said. “This is a good role model for how communities can be good examples of how to deal with difficult issues in a constructive fashion.

“We would be happy if Terry Jones would just stick to his own state.”

Snyder has asked the city of Dearborn to work with him to make the state more welcoming to refugees from Syria and other countries.

Snyder is on a push to bring more immigrants to the state — including migrant workers — because he said they can create jobs. Snyder repeated his call to the federal government to grant 50,000 visas to highly skilled men and women who would agree to live and work in Detroit for five years.

“Let’s not ask for a bailout from federal government — give us some green cards,” Snyder said during the meeting.

Snyder said that each person would bring 2. 5 jobs to the city.

 

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