St. Cloud, Minnesota, site of jihad attack by Muslim migrant, rejects immigration moratorium
Amid mounting national scrutiny of federal resettlement programs, the St. Cloud City Council on Monday soundly rejected a proposal by one of its members to recommend a moratorium on refugee resettlement here.
Council Member Jeff Johnson said that his measure wasn?t intended to permanently ban refugee resettlement, but rather, temporarily stop it in 2018 until the city gets details on its cost to taxpayers. The overall quality of life? for residents will continue to be adversely impaired by excessive demands on local resources? by those who are resettling in the city, he stated in the resolution that he presented to the council.
After hearing from supporters and opponents, the council voted down Johnson?s measure 6-1.
The City Hall meeting drew more than 300 residents, some carrying American flags while others held signs that read All Are Welcome? reflecting the growing and often tense debate in this city of 67,000 residents over the resettlement issue.
Earlier this summer, dozens of residents delivered a petition to the council demanding that it limit or control resettlement. But just two weeks ago, shortly after Johnson?s proposed measure was e-mailed to his colleagues, the council did just the opposite, approving by a 5-1 vote a resolution by Council Member Jeff Goerger that stated St. Cloud is a welcoming community. Johnson cast the lone dissenting vote then. On Monday, the council reaffirmed Goerger?s resolution, with Johnson casting the lone opposing vote.
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