At next week’s meeting, the Council will consider sending a letter send a letter to the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration stating that the City of College Park consents to receive refugees.

Presidential Executive Order 13888 states that the Federal 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.”

Approximately 42 States, including Maryland, and more than 100 local jurisdictions have provided such consent. The City Council requested in 2019 that the federal government increase the number of refugees that the United States accepts. In 2016 the annual refugee ceiling was set at 110,000 people, but today the ceiling is only 30,000 people.
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