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Organization Addresses Threats after Helping Syrian Refugee

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     State police in the Baton Rouge area are looking into threats made to the Catholic Charities over its plan to re-settle Syrian refugees in Louisiana.

     Although Governor Bobby Jindal has put a ban on state agencies assisting in the re-location effort, there are 14 refugees in Louisiana.

    Catholic Charities says it helped the one refugee in Baton Rouge, but that person has left the capitol city to meet family in Washington, D.C.

     In the last 24 hours, the organization says it has received death threats over efforts to help resettle the refugee, but the organization says it's not their policy to track anyone after their help is needed. 

"People in our office have been answering those phone calls. And in the process of answering questions eventually it came to threats made against participants in the program," says David Aguillard with Catholic Charities.

Colonel Mike Edmonson with Louisiana State Police says, "A phone call that came into the office this afternoon, in regard to threatening members and people involved in this program. We've since learned from other fusion centers around the south that there's other, similar type of threats. I'll tell you we take these threats seriously."

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