Trump to reduce resettlement of Somali refugees

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A Syrian refugee family waits to hear its fate in Beirut, Lebanon, in this photo from January 2014. (Photo by Mohamed Azakir/World Bank)

US President Donald Trump has told a campaign rally in Minneapolis that he will push for stringent controls over the resettlement of Somali refugees in the state of Minnesota.

He touted his record of reducing refugee settlement in America by 85 percent since taking office at the rally held on Thursday.

The US president said this in a report “For many years leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and tax payers. I promise you as President I will give local communities a greater say in refugee policy and put in place enhanced vetting and responsible immigration control.

 Since coming to office I have reduced refugee settlement by 85percent. And as you know, may be especially in Minnesota, I kept another promise, I issued an executive action making clear that no refugee will be resettled in any city or any state without the express, written consent of that city or state. So speak to your mayor.”

It hosts one of the largest populations of Somali refugees in the United States.

 

Dominica Nwabufo