MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey has yet to decide whether Alabama will accept the resettlement of new refugees, as a key deadline approaches next week.
Alabama is one of a handful of states that has not announced a decision after President Donald Trump said agencies must get written permission from state and local officials in jurisdictions where they want to resettle refugees beyond June 2020.
Resettlement agencies need written consent from states and local governments by Jan. 21 in order to get federal funding in time to plan where to place refugees.
“At this point, our office is still working through the executive order and consulting with the State Department and other entities involved in order to reach a decision," Ivey Press Secretary Gina Maiola wrote in an email.
Governors in 42 states have consented to allowing in more refugees, according to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Governors in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina and Wyoming have not stated a position.
South Carolina Gov. Henry Henry McMaster told reporters Monday that they are continuing to study the issue.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this month said his state will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees. Texas is the first state known to do so.
Some national groups that work with refugees have sued to try to block Trump's order.
Unlike Texas, Alabama has historically taken in few refugees. The state took in 46 refugees in fiscal year 2017 according to a report from the Pew Research Center.