Exclusive: Memo Reveals How GOP Governors are Pitching Refugee Resettlement to Opponents

Coupled with the refugee reduction, Trump signed an executive order that gives localities, counties, and states veto power over whether they want to resettle refugees in their communities.

Already, a total of 18 Republican governors have signed off on plans to resettle more refugees in their states and have given various recent interviews to defend their decision against opposition from residents and local communities.

Behind the scenes, an internal memo to state legislators from Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) — one of those 18 governors — reveals how refugee resettlement is being pitched to opponents, mostly as a close cooperation between the state and refugee contractors, though the federal government gives nearly exclusive control of the issue to the State Department and the contractors they fund with American taxpayer money.

These nationals described by Hutchinson would almost never arrive through the refugee resettlement and instead be eligible for Special Immigrant Visas like the special visa afforded to Iraqi and Afghani translators or the visa given to Iraqis who assisted the U.S. Armed Forces overseas.

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