New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took a major stand against Obama this week when he withdrew his state from the US Refugee Resettlement Program.
According to Breitbart, the Obama administration is already working to claim the federal government can continue to resettle refugees in the Garden State.
“Federal officials held a conference call Friday morning [April 22] with representatives of nonprofit groups who help refugees resettle in New Jersey, a process that will no longer have the participation of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration,” New Jersey 101.5 reported.
This decision came days after Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced that his state would also be withdrawing from the program. This means that fourteen states have now withdrawn from the program in total.
New Jersey 101.5 reported:
Christie said last November that New Jersey would stop taking part in the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement program, and the state this month formalized that decision . . .
“The governor has consistently stated his opposition to the resettlement program in the absence of proper security vetting, safeguards and assurances being offered by the federal government,” said Christie spokesman Brian Murray.
Christie last November, at the time a candidate for the Republican nomination for president, said following the ISIS attacks in Paris that New Jersey would withdraw from the program due to concerns that the background checks on refugees aren’t able to ensure terrorists won’t enter the country. . .
The state Department of Human Services notified the Obama administration that the Governor’s Office was withdrawing the state from the federal Refugee Resettlement Program in an April 7 letter.
Technically, the state gave Washington 120 days’ notice that it is withdrawing, making the change effective in early August.
New Jersey joins a dozen other states where resettlement programs are managed by nonprofit organizations because the state does not participate: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont.
In the six months covering October through March, 127 refugees settled in New Jersey. Twenty-four were from Syria, second only to 36 from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Eighty-one Syrian refugees settled in New Jersey between October 2013 and September 2015.
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