Maryland GOP governor tells Trump administration state will accept refugees

Maryland GOP governor tells Trump administration state will accept refugees
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) indicated this week that his state will continue to accept refugees, a move that comes after an executive order by President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE allowing states to turn them away.

“Maryland consents to receive legally vetted resettlement refugees in Fiscal Year 2020, per the terms of the Executive order,” Hogan wrote in a letter Monday to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTreasury sanctions individuals, groups tied to Russian malign influence activities Navalny released from hospital after suspected poisoning Overnight Defense: Pentagon redirects pandemic funding to defense contractors | US planning for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May | Anti-Trump GOP group puts ads in military papers MORE that was made public Wednesday.

“We are willing to accept refugees who the federal government has determined are properly and legally seeking refugee status and have been adequately vetted," Hogan added. “This, as you know, is different from any kind of ‘sanctuary status’ for those in the United States unlawfully."

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The letter was sent the same day two other Republican governors — Michael Parson of Missouri and Mike DeWine of Ohio — said their states would also accept refugees.

In the executive order, signed in September, Trump said he determined that the federal government should resettle refugees only in jurisdictions “in which both the state and local governments have consented to receive refugees under the Department of State’s Reception and Placement Program.”

The order requires that any governors who wish to turn accept refugees must inform the federal government before Jan. 21.

In 2015, Hogan was part of a group of governors who sought to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states. That debate was fueled by security concerns following deadly terrorist attacks in Paris that left over 100 people dead and nearly 500 people wounded.

Updated at 4:24 p.m.