HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Governor Tom Wolf says he wrote to President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tuesday, saying he will not be using state authority granted last month to refuse to accept refugees.
He says Pennsylvania will continue to welcome those facing persecution and danger, including people that other states won't accept.
His letter says refugees have long improved communities and that he's dismayed that the United States is "sharply reducing" its commitment to vulnerable families around the world.
Last month, President Trump slashed the number of refugees allowed into the United States and for the first time gave state and local governments the authority to refuse to accept them.
The president's order requires state and local officials to provide public written consent to receive refugees.
Wolf’s letter reads in full: