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Wichita refugee thinks state no longer likes her

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When Gov. Sam Brownback announced he was ending all state participation in the federal refugee resettlement program, declaring refugees a security risk, was he thinking of people like Sonia Inamugisha? PRI’s “The World” program noted how Inamugisha is a devout Christian from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the mother of three children. She arrived in Kansas as a refugee in 2013 and now works full time as a patient care coordinator at a clinic in Wichita. She fled her home country after both her parents and her brother were killed. It took eight years and multiple U.S. agency interrogations and background checks before she was cleared to come to Kansas, PRI reported. What does she think about Brownback’s new stance on refugees? “If the government itself doesn’t like you and doesn’t want you to be there, what protection are you going to have?” – Phillip Brownlee