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Erie County to continue to welcome refugees

New federal executive order requires consent
Posted at 6:19 AM, Dec 03, 2019

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County leaders will join the leaders of four local refugee resettlement agencies to publicly announce the county's intention to continue to welcome refugees to our area.

Back in September, President Trump issued an executive order, stopping refugees from settling here unless a state or locality gives written consent. That order will go into effect on December 25th.

Governor Cuomo has already given his consent, allowing refugees to resettle in New York State. Today, County Executive Mark Poloncarz will announce his letter to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo, indicating Erie County's intention to allow refugees in the area.

Since 2008, Erie County has welcomed more than 13,500 refugees from 40 countries.