The Aurora city council on Monday night unanimously passed a resolution affirming that it would continue to accept refugees in the face of a national deadline from President Donald Trump permitting states and localities to opt out of refugee resettlements.
“[T]he City of Aurora’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs has been working tirelessly to embrace, engage and integrate our local refugee population into the mainstream community,” reads the resolution, adding that Aurora is home to the largest number of refugees.
The Aurora Sentinel reports that there have been 335 refugee resettlements in Aurora in the past two years.
In September, Trump issued an executive order stating that the federal government should “be respectful of those communities that may not be able to accommodate refugee resettlement.”
Consequently, the government “should 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.”
The order provides for a state or locality to ban refugee resettlements under the program, if they so choose. They have until Jan. 21 to notify the federal government.
On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott became the first governor to opt out of the program. On Dec. 16, Gov. Jared Polis wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo affirming that Colorado would continue to accept refugees.