As Turkey launched attacks in Syria on Wednesday, cracks emerged in Republican support for the Trump administration, even from reliable Trump supporters in the Mountain West.

Julia Ritchey

Four refugee families will be resettling in the Reno-Sparks area this month under a new program between the U.S. State Department and a local nonprofit.

The Northern Nevada International Center is preparing to welcome the region's first group of refugees, two families from the Democratic Republic of Congo, on August 24.

The next family, from Syria, will come soon after. The goal of the center, as an official resettling agency, is to help at least 20 individuals displaced by violence and instability around the world by next month.

UNHCR, B. Sokol, Nov. 2012

The U.S. State Department has greenlighted a Northern Nevada nonprofit  to help resettle refugees escaping hotbeds of conflict around the globe beginning this fall.

Carina Black, executive director of the Reno-based Northern Nevada International Center, says their application to become an official resettlement agency was approved in February. They've since been laying the groundwork, and building a stakeholders' network, before those first few families arrive. 

A local nonprofit's expects to hear back by Christmas on its application to become an official agency for resettling refugees — despite the reservations of some state and local officials. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

The Northern Nevada International Center regularly plays hosts to hundreds of visitors from all over the world through it's partnership with the U.S. State Department.

Now the center wants to become the third agency in the state to help resettle refugees from about eight different countries, including Cuba, Iraq and Syria.

Nevada Lawmakers Join Chorus Opposing Syrian Refugees

Nov 16, 2015

Several GOP lawmakers in Nevada are urging Governor Brian Sandoval to stand with other Republican-led states in turning away Syrian refugees. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Senator Dean Heller issued an open letter on Monday encouraging the governor to reject Syrian migrants from being relocated to Nevada until it is clear that the state would be protected from terror threats.

U.S. Representative Joe Heck of Nevada's third congressional district also signed onto a letter asking for a suspension in admitting new refugees.