A new bill introduced in Wisconsin would require local communities to be alerted and involved before refugees are placed nearby.
The Republican-supported bill would have each city, school district, and county within 100 miles of a potential resettlement site to choose a representative. Those representatives would meet first to get information about the resettlement. After discussing with their communities, they’d meet a second time and decide if the refugees will be placed on the proposed site. Currently, the federal government just has to speak with state and local governments about refugee sites. The bill’s authors say it is intended to ensure that information gets to locals as well.