Groups Call For More Refugees, Urge Governor To Keep Arizona In Program

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 5:31pm
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 7:13am
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State Rep. Tony Rivero (R) speaks in support of refugee resettlements at news conference near the Arizona state Capitol.

President Donald Trump has lowered the ceiling on the total number of refugee resettlements in the United States every year since taking office. The president has also signed an executive order that allows state and local governments to opt out of the resettlement program.

Refugees, resettlement groups, faith leaders and lawmakers held a news conference near the state Capitol on Thursday. They want the U.S. to take in 95,000 refugees in the new fiscal year, instead of just 18,000.

Leaders also called on Arizona to stay true to its history as a place for people to restart their lives after escaping violence and persecution. Accepting refugees is part of being pro-life, said Republican state Rep. Tony Rivero. 

“And then there is the economic side. I think both together, it’s a win-win for the state. And I urge the governor not to opt out,” Rivero said.

A spokesperson for Gov. Doug Ducey said they are reviewing the president’s executive order and will seek guidance from federal officials.  

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