City Council Declares Los Angeles A `Welcoming City’ For Refugees

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VAN NUYS (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution today that declares the city a welcome place for refugees.

Councilmen Bob Blumenfield and Mitch O’Farrell led a presentation before the council voted at the Van Nuys City Hall.
  
Blumenfield said his grandparents fled to America from the persecution of Cossack soldiers.

The city’s action comes amid an executive order by President Donald Trump that directed the government to develop a policy to allow cities and states to refuse to take in refugees. The policy was ordered to be developed by Dec. 25.
  
The administration has lowered the number of refugees the nation takes in from about 100,000 two years ago to 18,000 this fiscal year.
  
O’Farrell said he would like the city to send a memo to the Trump administration that states refugees and immigrants help the nation and that they become “exceptional Americans” once they become assimilated.
  
Councilman Paul Koretz said as the world’s refugee population continues to grow, the policies in place are making it more difficult to resettle them in the U.S.

The city council voted to adopt the resolution unanimously, 10-0.