WILLMAR — In September, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13888 on enhancing state and local involvement in refugee resettlement.
The order requires states and localities which wish to continue to be a location where refugees are settled to offer, in writing, its consent to the federal government. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will consider the request for the letter of consent at its Dec. 3 meeting.
The Willmar Human Rights Commission first took the issue up at its Nov. 19 meeting, first recommending the Willmar City Council give its written consent to continue being a home for refugees. However, according to a spokesperson from the U.S. State Department, only states, counties or county-equivalents can give approval to resettle refugees.
Also on the County Board agenda Tuesday are a resolution setting the 2020 salary and per diem for the county commissioners, resolution for forfeited land sale, applications to the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority for three technical assistance grants and discussion of the purchasing and federal procurement policy.