BISMARCK, N.D. — The office of Gov. Jack Dalrymple says North Dakota has not received any Syrian refugees and doesn’t expect any will be sent to the state.
The statement from Dalrymple’s office Monday came in response to an inquiry regarding whether he would join other U.S. governors who are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last week.
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is the only organization in the state that assists in resettlements. CEO Jessica Thomasson says that agency doesn’t believe “Syrian resettlement to North Dakota makes sense due to the lack of an established Syrian presence in our communities.”
Several governors have threated to stop accepting refugees despite experts saying that under the Refugee Act of 1980 they have no legal authority to do so.
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