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DeWine Pushes Back on White House Immigration Policy

A photo of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
DeWine addressed a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo detailing Ohio's rich immigration history.

Ohio’s governor is pushing back on the Trump administration over a key issue – accepting refugees. 

Gov. Mike DeWine said in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Ohio has a long history of welcoming and assimilating refugees, and will continue to do that through a “well-developed support network, primarily lead by our faith-based communities”. 

The letter is in response to a September executive order from President Trump, telling states they must publicly declare if they’ll consent to resettlement of refugees. More than 30 governors – Republicans and Democrats – have agreed to that. But it can be a challenge for GOP governors because the party includes immigration hardliners but also evangelical Christians who have embraced immigrants.