City Council approves resolution reaffirming support for resettlement of refugees in Minneapolis    

 Mayor Jacob Frey and the City Council approved a resolution today reaffirming the City’s pledge to be a welcoming city that strongly supports the resettlement of refugees in Minneapolis. 

The resolution follows an executive order issued by President Trump that for the first time, instructs federal officials to seek written consent from state and local governments before they can accept refugees in their communities. 

The resolution states: “The Mayor and City Council do hereby affirm the City’s status as a Welcoming City, and a city that strongly supports resettling refugees without regard to race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, or country of origin.” 

It notes that more than 70.8 million displaced people have been forced from their homes around the world – a larger number than any time in recorded history. The resolution also acknowledges that Minnesota and Minneapolis are home to some of the largest and most diverse populations of refugees and immigrants in the United States, contributing to the City’s “economic strength and cultural richness.” 

The City of Minneapolis is a proud member of Welcoming America’s network, a symbol of its commitment toward immigrants, refugees and all residents. Learn more about how the City supports immigrants and refugees by visiting the City’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs’ website  

Published Dec 13, 2019

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