News@noon: Saying 'no' to refugees; our endorsements

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, and Waterford Township leaders Monday approved a measure to stop participating in a federal resettlement program for Syrian refugees until reforms are in place and security issues addressed.

The action may be moot. Michigan and other states cannot legally deny refugees entry into a state because the federal government has jurisdiction over refugee placement. But a federal bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would allow local communities to opt out.

Syrian refugees arrive at Rome's Fiumicino international airport, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Seventy-five refugees landed at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci airport thanks to the "humanitarian corridor" project launched by the Rome-based Catholic Sant'Egidio Community and the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy.

The decision comes amid an influx of immigrants expected in the United States. American communities received 84,995 refugees in fiscal year 2016, the U.S. Department of State said this month. That number is expected to rise to 110,000 in fiscal year 2017.

What do you think? Is Waterford right to deny refugees a place to resettle? Or are they wrong? Let us know in the comments section or tweet us @detroitnews.

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Joel Crookston takes a selfie in front of his Portage, Michigan, home Oct. 4, 2016. Crookston sued Michigan over it’s "ballot selfie" ban, which prohibited photography in a polling place or voting booth.

  • Michigan voters should be free to take “ballot selfies” for the first time on Nov. 8, a federal judge ruled Monday, suspending a longstanding ban the state is fighting to reinstate with little more than two weeks to go until Election Day.
  • U.S. District Judge Janet Neff prohibited the state from enforcing state laws and rules that prevent voters from taking a photograph of their own ballot and displaying the image outside a polling place, including social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

Don't scatter; store sacredly

  •  The Vatican on Tuesday published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place. Up until 1963, the Catholic Church only permitted burial. But then, the Vatican pivoted and explicitly allowed cremation as long as it didn’t suggest a denial of faith about resurrection.

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Green Day scaled down

Green Day singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong brings the intensity to the stage as he performs at The Fillmore in Detroit.

  • You can take Green Day out of the arena but you can’t take the arena out of Green Day. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, long since used to packing arenas and amphitheaters, scaled down for a relatively intimate concert at a sold-out Fillmore Detroit Monday night. But it was still a big show

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