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Online article says city, local church members are encouraging Arabic families to move to Sioux City

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The Arab Daily News, based in Orland Park, Illinois, recently published an article about a member of St. Thomas Orthodox Church in Sioux City, who is specifically recruiting Arab families to the Siouxland area.

"This church was founded by Middle Eastern Christians. It's been here almost a hundred years. So they're part of the heritage of this community," Father Lucas Rice, St. Thomas Orthodox Church.

Karen Mackey with the human rights commission in Sioux City says she was excited when she read the article.

"I think it talked a lot about the wonderful things we have to offer in our community. This is a diverse community, and we have a lot to offer people," Karen Mackey, Human Rights Commission said.

The article quoted Nick Corey, a parishioner at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, saying that many Arabic families currently facing discrimination, job losses, harassment, and racial profiling, would catch a break from those issues in the welcoming Siouxland area.

He noted that Siouxland currently has many companies looking to hire, affordable places to live, and an accepting community.

"We want any families to come to Siouxland, and live the American dream. That's what we want. We want to welcome anyone here who wants to come, work hard, be law-abiding and hopefully god-worshiping people," Father Rice said.

Father Lucas Rice at St. Thomas says discrimination is, unfortunately, easy to come by, but its certainly not warranted, and that's the message their church wants to convey.

"With some of the tragedies, terrorism and so on, people can make that connection, that people who maybe speak a certain language and have a certain look also have a certain behavior. But many of these people coming over, they're just trying to live the American dream," Father Rice said.

And Karen Mackey says the Human Rights Commission aims to exemplify that acceptance as well.

"It doesn't matter that the color of our skin is different, or that we worship differently. What matters is that we've all made a conscious choice to live here in this community," Mackey said.

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