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Beltrami County Bans Refugee Resettlements

Beltrami County Bans Refugee Resettlements

Created: January 08, 2020 12:00 PM

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - A northern Minnesota county has banned resettlement of refugees within its boundaries, becoming the first in the state and the second in the nation to do so.

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The Beltrami County board of commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday night to deny consent to refugee resettlement. The move is allowed local governments under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump.

However, the move will have little practical effect as no refugees have been resettled in Beltrami County in the past five years.

Beltrami County's vote came on the same day that the St. Louis County board delayed a vote on the issue after several hours of public testimony.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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