skip to content
Primary navigation

Newsroom

Welcome to the Office of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan Newsroom. Here you will find our latest press releases, statements, and other information. Please visit soundcloud.com/mngov for audio recordings of all press conferences.

Governor Walz to Trump Administration: ‘The Inn is Not Full in Minnesota’

Walz issues consent for continuing Minnesota’s long history of welcoming refugees

12/13/2019 9:24:05 AM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today issued his consent to the federal government to continue Minnesota’s long history of welcoming refugees. President Donald Trump recently issued an Executive Order requiring both state governments and counties to independently consent to welcoming refugees in order to allow for those seeking refuge to settle there. In a letter to the Trump Administration today, the Governor highlighted how refugees have contributed to the culture and economy of Minnesota while voicing his concern about the President’s Executive Order. 

“Minnesota has a strong moral tradition of welcoming those who seek refuge,” the Governor wrote in his letter. “Refugees strengthen our communities. Bringing new cultures and fresh perspectives, they contribute to the social fabric of our state. Opening businesses and supporting existing ones, they are critical to the success of our economy.”

“I reject the intent of the President’s Executive Order on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement, and we reserve our right to challenge the Executive Order’s requirements,” the Governor continued. “As the Holiday Season approaches, we are reminded of the importance of welcoming all who seek shelter. The inn is not full in Minnesota.”

The text of the Governor’s letter is available below, and a copy of the letter is /governor/assets/EO%2013888_MNGovernorConsent_tcm1055-413054.pdfavailable here.

Secretary, U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20520 

Dear Secretary Pompeo:

Minnesota has a strong moral tradition of welcoming those who seek refuge. Our state has always stepped forward to help those who are fleeing desperate situations and need a safe place to call home. In keeping with this proud history, I offer my consent to continue refugee resettlement in the State of Minnesota.

Refugees strengthen our communities. Bringing new cultures and fresh perspectives, they contribute to the social fabric of our state. Opening businesses and supporting existing ones, they are critical to the success of our economy. Refugees are doctors and bus drivers. They are entrepreneurs and police officers. They are students and teachers. They are our neighbors.

I reject the intent of the President’s Executive Order on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement, and we reserve our right to challenge the Executive Order’s requirements. As the Holiday Season approaches, we are reminded of the importance of welcoming all who seek shelter. The inn is not full in Minnesota. 

Sincerely,

Timothy J. Walz

back to top