Candidate Would Work To End Refugee Resettlement

Candidate Would Work To End Refugee Resettlement Click to Enlarge Photo: Jeff Johnson

(KNSI) - Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says, if elected, he'll head to Washington, DC and tell the government that Minnesota is no longer participating in the Refugee Resettlement Program.

"And just set forth the story, and say here is what we've done, we've done more than any other state by a lot and now we're no longer interested in participating. I think the Trump administration would work with us on that."

On with KNSI's Ox in the Afternoon, the Hennepin County Commissioner says the program has greatly affected the St. Cloud area and it's simply not working for Minnesotans.

"To suggest that this is about race or anything else, it's not, it's about just being realistic and saying what is this costing, and we don't know the answer to that because the government won't tell us."

He says Minnesota has the highest number of refugees per capita in the country, and has taken in more secondary refugees than all other states combined.

"Minnesota has 2 percent of the nation's population, yet 13 percent of the nation's refugees."

Johnson says, while immigration is governed by federal law, that doesn't mean that we just roll over as a state any longer.

Listen to Ox's full interview with Johnson here.

Johnson is the GOP endorsed candidate for governor and is going up against former governor Tim Pawlenty in the August primary.