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Cass County opens arms to additional refugees

December 3, 2019

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Commissioners in one North Dakota county have voted to continue welcoming refugees to resettle in local communities, while another county has delayed a vote on the same issue.

The Cass County Commission voted unanimously Monday to allow Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota to continue its refugee resettlement program. KFGO reports the commission’s chairman, Chad Peterson, said residents of Cass County “are the people that help the world.”

A recent executive order by President Donald Trump stated that new efforts to resettle refugees would have to receive permission from state and local governments. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced last month that the state would continue to receive refugees as long as local governments agreed.

Burleigh County delayed a vote on the matter at a meeting Monday after a large number of people turned out to address the issue.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com