Syrian refugee Hamo, center, is greeted by Michigan State Rep. Rashida H. Tlaib at a news conference. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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A Syrian scientist whose harrowing, tragic story spurred supporting words from President Barack Obama and a successful fundraising effort launched by actor Edward Norton, has arrived as a refugee into the Detroit area.The 54-year-old, who suffers from stomach cancer, fled to Turkey from Syria after a missile attack on his home killed his wife and one daughter.Hamo arrives at a time when the resettlement of Syrian refugees has faced backlash from many Republican governors, lawmakers and presidential candidates in the wake of deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, which heightened terrorism fears in the United States. Republican front-runner Donald Trump, whose campaign slogan is "Make America great again," has called for temporarily banning Muslims from the United States – a proposal criticized by his rivals.Snyder, who said he welcomes Hamo and his family to Michigan, hasn't proposed blocking Syrians outright as other state leaders have, and has sought to distance himself from Trump.
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