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Maryland GOP Governor Defies Trump, Says State Will Accept Refugees


Donald Trump signed an executive order back in September that would give states the power to turn away refugees if they wanted to. That order was defied by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Thursday when he claimed that the state will continue to accept them.

“Maryland consents to receive legally vetted resettlement refugees in Fiscal Year 2020, per the terms of the Executive order,” Hogan wrote in a letter Monday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that was made public Wednesday.

“We are willing to accept refugees who the federal government has determined are properly and legally seeking refugee status and have been adequately vetted,” Hogan added. “This, as you know, is different from any kind of ‘sanctuary status’ for those in the United States unlawfully.”

In the executive order, signed in September, Trump said he determined that the federal government should resettle refugees only in jurisdictions “in which both the state and local governments have consented to receive refugees under the Department of State’s Reception and Placement Program.”

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