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Tucson mayor holds press conference to urge support of refugees

TUCSON – After more than 76 refugee offices closed its doors since January, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild held a press conference Friday to help urge community members to support the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.

According to officials, there are currently more than 68 million people displaced from their homes. Of those, 25 million are registered refugees.

“Tucson has always welcomed refugees,” said Mayor Rothschild. “There’s no question that people coming into this country who are escaping trauma and war need the help that these agencies provide to have the best chance of becoming successful and productive members of society. The Refugee Resettlement Program does so much for so many. It deserves our support.”

For more information about the  U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program, visit

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He’s a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine.

After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester.

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