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The Trump administration is considering a new policy that would allow states and cities the option to deny entry to refugees approved for resettlement, according to a draft of an executive order obtained by NBC News.
According to the draft, if the local government does not want to take in refugees, the federal government will have to find somewhere else for them to go.
“The federal government will resettle refugees only where the relevant state and local governments have consented to participate,” the draft reads, according to NBC News.
The only exception to this possible new policy would be for spouses or children of already settled refugees.
NBC News reported that refugee rights organizations have previously advocated for this exception to be made “to create a sense of community for those fleeing violence and persecution.”
NEW: Trump admin. is considering a new policy that would allow state and local jurisdictions to deny entry to refugees who have been approved for resettlement in the US, according to a draft of an executive order obtained by @NBCNews. https://t.co/XYA0UwXLtQ – @JuliaEAinsley
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 21, 2019
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