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A judge blocked the executive order allowing states to bar refugees

In September 2019, President Trump issued an executive order requiring consent from states in order to continue refugee resettlement in those locations after June 2020. Under the order, local governments are able to deny consent to refugees as well. With the deadline for consent approaching, a court out of New York issued a preliminary injunction against the policy, blocking it from going into effect while litigation proceeds. The ruling on Wednesday said that the executive order is likely “unlawful” as it sidelines refugee resettlement agencies and contravenes the Refugee Act’s purpose and structure.

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