Michigan to Continue Supporting Resettlement, Welcoming of Refugees

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the state of Michigan will continue to support the resettlement and welcoming of refugees.

She sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State this week.

That came after President Trump’s request for written consent from each state in regards to refugee resettlement.

Governor Whitmer says Michigan has a long history of supporting refugees.

She says she’s committed to making this state a welcoming one for people globally displaced.

Bethany Christian Services says they’re so grateful for the governor’s decision.

They say refugees bring diversity to the state of Michigan.

“They also are leaving horrific situations and so we really see this as a lifesaving opportunity for people to be able to start their lives in the United States and specifically in Michigan,” said Kristine Van Noord, the Refugee Adult and Family Program Director at Bethany Christian Services.

Bethany Christian Services says refugees also benefit our overall state economy.