Minnesota To Take In 2,500 Refugees Next YearA division of the U.S. State Department recently told Minnesota officials that the state will be allowed to take in 2,505 refugees for resettlement during federal fiscal year 2017.
Minnesota Expected To Exceed Refugee Numbers In 2016Minnesota is expected to get more refugees in 2016 than it has in any year in the past decade. The reported increase is a ripple effect of the migration wave sweeping the Middle East and Europe.
St. Paul City Council Passes Anti-Donald Trump ResolutionSt. Paul's city council has voted in favor of passing an amendment condemning what they call "anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and anti-immigrant speech" from Donald Trump. The mostly-symbolic resolution, which passed six votes to one Wednesday afternoon, omitted an aspect of Ward 1 Councilmember Dai Thao's original draft -- which ultimately sought to unwelcome Trump from St. Paul.
Reality Check: Syrian Refugees And MinnesotaMinnesota lawmakers are increasingly divided on how many -- if any -- Syrian refugees to accept in the state. That is after two terrorists in Paris reportedly had fake Syrian passports, and Minnesota Democrats broke with President Obama to support a bill ramping up security checks.
Walker To Obama: Please Don't Relocate Syrians To Wis. Gov. Scott Walker is asking President Barack Obama's administration to "please respect our desire" not to relocate Syrian refugees in the state.
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Dayton: Syrian Refugees Welcome In MN, If Given ScreeningsMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton isn't objecting to the possible placement of Syrian refugees in his state as long as they undergo rigorous screening first. Dayton released a statement Monday saying he's been assured by the White House that any refugees from the war-torn country would be "subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States."
Talking Points: The Worst Humanitarian Crisis Of Our TimeA Minnesota organization that has been helping 2.5 million refugees a year for more than 30 years is warning that the Syrian refugee crisis could soon get worse.
Good Question: Why Are Syrian Refugees Fleeing Their Homeland?Since 2011, four million people have left Syria. So, why are so many trying to get away? Good Question.
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Group Gathers At Minnehaha Park To Welcome Syrian RefugeesThousands of refugees are arriving in Austria and Germany after those countries agreed to let them in. Most are fleeing civil war in Syria. A small group held signs at Minnehaha Park Sunday morning in support of those refugees. Members of the group say they're thankful for help from Minnesota politicians.
Good Question: How Do You Get Asylum?What is asylum? How does someone get it? Good Question.