In Executive Order 13888, President Trump requires that state and local officials provide public written consent prior to the resettlement of refugees in any given area. Saint Benedict’s Monastery, a member of the Benedictines for Peace and Justice, recently sent a letter to County Commissioner Joe Perske asking for support for the resettlement of refugees in the St. Cloud and St. Joseph areas. A slightly different version of the letter was also sent to St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.
The commissioners will vote on this issue Tuesday, January 7. We are requesting prayers for this vote.