Under a new Trump administration order, states are required to give consent in order to take in refugees. Alabama is one of a handful of states that has not announced a decision on the matter. President Donald Trump said agencies must get written permission from state and local officials in jurisdictions where they want to resettle refugees beyond June 2020.
“At this point, our office is still working through the executive order and consulting with the State Department and other entities involved in order to reach a decision,” Ivey Press Secretary Gina Maiola wrote in an email.
Alabama took in 46 refugees in the fiscal year of 2017 according to a report from the Pew Research Center.
Governors in 42 states have given consent to allowing in more refugees, according to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Governors in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Wyoming have not stated their position.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said this month that his state will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, making Texas the first state to refuse accepting refugees.
Dakota Layton graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He is currently enrolled at the University of Mississippi where he is working to earn his Master of Arts in Philosophy.