President Joe Biden’s revocation of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13888 requiring state and local consultation prior to the resettlement of refugees in any community may be an indication his administration plans to ignore a key requirement of The Refugee Act of 1980.
Federal courts currently seem unlikely to side with critics of the refugee resettlement program who have long argued that the Refugee Act of 1980 requires state and local consultation prior to the resettlement of refugees in a community. The Refugee Act of 1980 states:
Section 301 (c) (1)
In the conduct of the Coordinator’s duties, the Coordinator [of Refugee Affairs, as named by the president] shall consult regularly with States, localities, and private nonprofit voluntary agencies concerning the sponsorship process and the intended distribution of refugees.
Section 412 (a) (2)
The Director [of the Office of Refugee Resettlement], together with the Coordinator, shall consult regularly with