Governor Asa Hutchinson recently announced his move to allow refugee resettlement to Arkansas. Hutchinson’s decision came after President Trump signed an executive order giving states the right to refuse refugee resettlement by January 21, 2020.
Hutchinson wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, thanking the Trump administration for “enhancing security checks to ensure proper screenings are carried out for individuals coming into the United States via the resettlement program.”
The Arkansas Governor claims to have received confirmation from local municipalities, faith-based organizations, and non-profit organizations that they help provide employment opportunities for refugees who are approved for resettlement in Arkansas.
“Arkansans have a history of welcoming refugees. While we fully support control of our borders and oppose illegal immigration, we also value the contribution of immigrants and understand the importance of America continuing to be a welcoming nation for those truly seeking refuge and following the legal path to our land. Immigrants bring energy, thirst for freedom, and a desire to pursue the American dream. this is America’s strength and part of our future,” Hutchinson stated.
Another red state has fallen to the hype of refugee resettlement. Patriotic immigration reformers in Arkansas will have to keep tabs on this situation and possibly use local governments to keep unvetted refugees from entering their areas.