The federal government is asking a judge to dismiss Alabama’s lawsuit over refugee settlement, saying states have no “veto power” over refugee placement decisions.
Federal officials say refugee resettlement is a federal decision, and that the state isn’t entitled to pick and choose which refugees locate in the state.
Bentley sued federal officials earlier this year.
The lawsuit asks a judge to require the federal government to provide the state with the entire government file on refugees who have been or will be settled in Alabama.
The suit asks a court to block any future settlement until the information is handed over.
Republished with permission of the Associated Press.