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Governor Bentley files appeal over placement of refugees in Alabama

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Governor Robert Bentley is still fighting to keep international refugees from entering Alabama without involvement from state leaders.

A federal court dismissed Governor Bentley's claim in July to keep the state's borders closed to refugees from Syria's civil war. Governor Bentley cited the Refugee Act of 1980 for his legal grounds, but the court refused to hear the claim. 

Today the Governor filed an appeal against that dismissal. His argument outlines his problems with the alleged lack of oversight by the federal government in screening and placing refugees.

In the Refugee Act, Congress specifically required the federal government to consult with the state regarding the placement of refugees before placement within the state’s borders. That consultation with Alabama has not occurred, as the federal government implicitly acknowledged in its legal filings by not arguing that it is consulting with the state. I will continue to fight this issue until the federal government is held accountable for its non-compliance and is properly including the states in this important decision-making as required by law.

READ MORE: AL Gov. appeals governments non-compliance with Refugee Act of 1980

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