- Associated Press - Monday, October 21, 2019

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has responded to President Donald Trump’s executive order giving state and local governments the authority to refuse to accept refugees.

Brown said in a video posted Monday on Twitter that refugees are welcome in Oregon, and noted that it is a sanctuary state.

The Democratic governor said resettlement is a lifeline that America provides to the world’s most vulnerable refugees.

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Trump’s Sept. 26 executive order says that within 90 days, the secretary of state and the secretary of health and human services must develop and implement a process by which a state and the locality’s consent to the resettlement of refugees is taken into account.

If a state or locality has not provided consent, then refugees would not be resettled there except for under special circumstances.

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