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Governor Kemp close to decision on allowing refugees into Georgia

Georgia's Governor Brian Kemp (R) must make a decision on if he wants to allow refugees to enter the state to be resettled, or refuse them and stick with a more "restrictive policy" put forth by Trump's administration, according to a report on AJC.

Trump's executive order requires state and local government to give written consent to the government if they plan to allow and accept refugees. This also gives them the opportunity to say no, which many people on the left have claimed that it gives state officials too much power over where refugees can be resettled, as the state officials will have the ability to block refugees.

As of now, the agencies who run refugee settlement programs are trying to get their letters from the state in hopes to accept the refugees.


Why is that acceptance letter from the state so important? Because that letter will affect the federal funding of the state.

The letters are due before January 21. 42 states have already accepted the refugees, but some people speculate this is strictly so their state receives more funding. It's unclear what type of transparency and accountability each state will be held to once they receive federal funding, and if the money will be used appropriately.

AJC reports that:


Dozens of cities and counties across the nation have done the same. Kemp is among a handful of state leaders who has not yet taken a stance.

Kemp’s decision could affect as many as 1,052 people who are fleeing persecution in their home countries and who could be brought to Georgia this fiscal year, according to the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies. But Kemp has stayed largely silent on the issue, aside from suggesting he has some flexibility with his timeline. He said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it “seems like a lot of what’s been reported on deadlines and what needs to be done is not correct,” though he and his office didn’t elaborate.

It seems like the state can say yes or no.

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If the state says yes, then those under the state, such as counties and cities, can then say yes or no. Seems like a lot of choices to make.

Feel free to suggest a correction if I have that logic incorrect.

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