Poll Context: Kansas will withdraw from the federal refugee relocation program, Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday as he moved to sever any cooperation with the federal government to bring refugees to the state. The move, however, likely will have little effect on the actual flow of refugees into the state as the federal government has said it will continue to place refugees in Kansas.
The decision is an escalation for Brownback, who previously blocked state assistance from going to refugees who “pose a safety and security risk.” Now Kansas will withdraw from the federal program entirely.
“As Governor, my priority has been and will continue to be the safety and security of Kansans,” Brownback said in a statement. “Kansas remains a state that has always been welcoming to refugees, but we must take prudent and responsible actions to protect our communities.”