Gov. Nathan Deal struck a hard-line stance over the Obama administration's resettlement program after deadly terror attack in Paris in November, signing an executive order that prevented state agencies from filing any paperwork or halt any involvement in accepting refugees. But he was forced to retreat weeks later after Attorney General Sam Olens said in a formal opinion Georgia couldn't legally resist the program.
Bryant Wright, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention who is now the pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, emerged as one of the leading opponents to Deal's attempts to halt the resettlement of Syrians in Georgia.
The first Syrian refugee family the church helped - Mohammad and Ebtesam and their young son Hasan - resettled in metro Atlanta last year. Since then, the church has gone on to sponsor seven more Muslim families from Syria.
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