Minnesota city council passes resolution to welcome refugees

October 24, 2017

St. Cloud City Council member Jeff Johnson talks to community members following a council meeting Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in St. Cloud, Minn. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota city council has passed a resolution proclaiming it’s a “welcoming community” after one council member proposed a moratorium on refugee resettlement.

WJON-AM radio reports that the St. Cloud City Council passed the resolution Monday night on a 5-1 vote.

Last week, Jeff Johnson said he wanted to limit refugee resettlement until the city has more information about the number of people moving there and the possible cost to taxpayers for providing services. Johnson planned to bring up his proposal at a council meeting next month. Johnson’s was the sole vote against the resolution, which was introduced by Jeff Goerger.

The St. Cloud Times reports that Goerger said it’s important to show “this one guy” doesn’t represent the “voice of the people of our community.”

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