Here’s the First State to Opt-Out of Refugee Program

By Daily Caller. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that his state will not accept refugees in a letter obtained by the Daily Caller.

The Trump administration has given states the option to opt out of a refugee resettlement program, but Texas is the first state to announce they will not participate in the program. 18 Republican governors have already opted into the program.

The governor praised his state’s history of accepting refugees, but said that he does not feel Texas should participate in the program, citing the current immigration crisis. (Read more from “Here’s the First State to Opt-Out of Refugee Program” HERE)

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Minnesota Seeing Impact as Fewer Refugees Resettle Across the U.S.

By KTTC. In recent years, there has been a significant drop in the number of refugees resettling in Minnesota.

In the 2016 calendar year, 3,009 refugees resettled in the state, according to statistics from the Refugee Processing Center. In 2017, the number dropped to 918 and fell even lower in 2018, to 668. In 2019, 891 refugees resettled in Minnesota. . .

According to Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower, the declining number of refugees resettled in Minnesota is not only due to lower caps on a national level, but also has to do with a stricter screening process for some countries, including Somalia. Minnesota has historically seen a higher proportion of refugees within its immigrant population than other states, Brower said. . .

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced in December that Minnesota would continue to resettle refugees, stating that “the inn is not full in Minnesota.”

However, to Beltrami County in northern Minnesota, it may be. The board of commissioners voted 3 to 2 to deny resettlement, becoming the first county in the state and the second in the country to vote against resettlement, the Associated Press reported. (Read more from “Minnesota Seeing Impact as Fewer Refugees Resettle Across the U.S.” HERE)

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