The cities of Las Vegas, Henderson and Reno have confirmed in recent weeks that they will continue to accept and resettle refugees, following an announcement made by Gov. Steve Sisolak that Nevada consents to welcoming refugees.
President Donald Trump began requiring written consent from individual states and localities for refugee resettlement in the fall of 2019 through an executive order.
Trump said the purpose of the executive order is to ensure that refugees will be placed in communities with the resources necessary to help them re-establish themselves, but refugee resettlement agencies have sued the administration since the order was signed, arguing that the new procedure threatens refugees’ chances of building a new life.
According to officials from Reno, the city’s letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo consenting to refugee transfers falls in line with the values and policies of the city and “is simply a renewal of what Reno has been doing for years.”
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