The Immigrant Law Center in St. Paul issued a statement on Oct. 19 praising the St. Cloud mayor and City Council members who have resisted a proposed citywide moratorium on refugee settlement.
ICLM executive director John Keller said that a small but vocal group in the community has pushed for a moratorium on refugee settlement.
“Minnesota welcomes refugees and recognizes their important contributions to our communities,” Keller said in a written statement. “Just last month we had a wonderful, positive educational presentation about immigration and refugee law and policy with more than 75 persons joining us at the library in St. Cloud. These New Americans are vital to our workforce, schools, and futures. Like the rest of the state, St. Cloud is strengthened by diversity, and especially by the courage and strength of refugees. We join the majority of St. Cloud residents in rejecting prejudice and we stand in support of intentional, positive measures to make Minnesota a welcoming state.”
Council member Jeff Johnson planned to introduce the resolution on the moratorium on Oct. 23 but it has been delayed. Bar Buzz wonders if he’s going to get that second vote on his motion to introduce the resolution.