SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers want to make the state a more welcoming place for refugees.
Assembly Democrats on Wednesday announced bills to grant refugees in-state tuition and provide money to school districts with large refugee populations. One bill would also give some refugees who helped the U.S. government in Iraq or Afghanistan priority enrollment in public colleges.READ MORE: Three Of Tonga’s Smaller Islands Badly Damaged By Tsunami; Concerns Mount Within Bay Area Tongan Community
The announcement comes as the federal government is fighting in court to reinstate a suspension of the country’s refugee program. The latest legal battle over President Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban refugees and residents of seven Muslim-majority countries is currently playing out in a San Francisco federal appeals court.READ MORE: San Jose Food Pantry Staying Open After Raising Funds to Pay for Permit
Los Angeles Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian said he and his colleagues will not stand for the federal government’s efforts to close its doors on refugees.
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