Gov. Kevin Stitt’s approval required for refugee resettlement order

Oklahoma’s governor and mayors will soon be required to approve the resettlement of refugees across the state, a new requirement from the Trump administration that potentially adds another layer of politics to immigration policy.

An executive order signed by President Donald Trump in September instructs the federal government to “resettle refugees only in those jurisdictions in which both the state and local governments have consented to receive refugees under the Department of State’s Reception and Placement Program.”

Trump gave the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Health and Human Services a Dec. 25 deadline to outline the specific process for how local leaders are to go about approving or rejecting refugees.

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