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St. Cloud City Council Votes To Be A "Welcoming Community" For Refugees

10/24/2017 - 7:30 AM

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St. Cloud City Council Votes To Be A
4th Ward City Councilman Jeff Johnson

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The St. Cloud City Council has passed a resolution proclaiming it's a "welcoming community" after one council member proposed a moratorium on refugee resettlement. The council chambers were full of supporters who cheered, as well as others that did not feel the same.

The resolution passed Monday night on a 5-1 vote. The member who voted against the resolution was Jeff Johnson. Last week, Johnson said he wanted to limit refugee resettlement until the city gets more information about the number of people moving to St. Cloud and the possible cost to taxpayers for providing services.

Johnson planned to bring up his proposal at a council meeting next month. Monday's resolution was introduced by Jeff Goerger to counter his fellow councilman. The St. Cloud Times reports Goerger said it's important to show that "this one guy" doesn't represent the "voice of the people of our community."

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