Much hullabaloo was raised (quite rightly) over St. Cloud city council member Jeff Johnson's proposed moratorium on refugee resettlement in the Granite City. (Johnson was last seen in Bluestem's copy as one of two elected officials to grace the stage of the Willmar Trump rally described in our post Anti-refugee 2-time loser & pals organize Trump rally; Miller, Franson & "Jim Newberg" to speak).
Johnson's notion prompted the other St. Cloud council members to affirm support for welcoming refugees.
But Johnson appears to want to move his moratorium forward, despite the lack of support from council colleagues and area elected officials (pretty much mostly Republican these days).
At the St. Cloud Times, Jenny Berg reports in Could Johnson's refugee moratorium be enforced? Leaders say no:
For area leaders, it's an open secret — the moratorium councilman Jeff Johnson is proposing to halt refugee resettlement could not be enforced.
It would — if anything — be a symbolic resolution, much like the resolution St. Cloud City Council passed two weeks ago that proclaims the city is "a just and welcoming community."
St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis has said multiple times the city does not have a role in refugee resettlement and that no city money goes towards those programs.
And now joining the conversation is state Rep. Jim Knoblach, R-St. Cloud, who said refugee resettlement is "a federal issue over which the state and local governments have no effective power."
Knoblach also cited two cases where states have sued the federal government in recent years over refugee resettlement — and lost. In those cases, it was determined the authority to control immigration is vested solely in the federal government, and that while the federal government is required to consult with state and local governments, there is no standard for who it consults with and how often the consulting is done. . . .
Knoblach also called for residents to work together, much like the City Council's approved resolution in support of a just and welcoming community. That resolution says "St. Cloud is welcoming to all residents without regard to age, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin, and we renew our commitment to foster a community in which all people have the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness."
Read the entire article at the St. Cloud Times.
Photo: St. Cloud City Council member Jeff Johnson.
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