Saturday, January 11, 2020

Despite News from Texas, Optimism for Refugee Resettlement

As Kevin and Bill have noted, Texas recently made the decision to no longer accept refugees. That's certainly a depressing development, but don't let it detract from the bigger picture.

In September, President Trump issued an executive order requiring states and localities "consent, in writing, to the resettlement of refugees within the State and locality, before refugees are resettled within that State and locality[.]"

The expectation was that many states and localities would respond to this call by rejecting the resettlement of refugees. Guess what? Most didn't.

As NBC reports, 18 of 26 Republican governors have said that they will continue to resettle refugees "much to the surprise of the Trump administration." (The White House even held a conference call with Republican governors "explaining the Trump executive order and reminding them that they were not required to take any proactive steps"!) In total, 41 states and 86 localities have affirmatively agreed to accept refugees.

Of course, there's not much need to welcome refugees when President Trump has set our refugee numbers at a historically low level. But it is certainly heartening the see so much of the country step up to welcome those most in need.


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