Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has opened the state to any and all refugees.
Northam sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Monday asserting that Virginia will welcome refugees as set up under executive order 13888, “Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement.” The order says the federal government will resettle refugees only in jurisdictions in which both the state and local governments have consent to receive them.
“I have read federal Executive Order 13888, and I write to reaffirm Virginia’s position that we welcome refugee resettlement in the Commonwealth,” he wrote in the letter.
“Virginia’s lights are on and our doors are open, and we welcome new Virginians to make their homes here,” the governor wrote.