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Responding to Trump, Hyattsville officially open to refugees

It’s official: Hyattsville welcomes refugees to be resettled in its borders by the federal government. The declaration is a new necessity for cities. That’s because President Donald Trump issued an executive order this past September requiring states and local governments to notify the Department of State they consent to resettle refugees within their borders. 

In November, three local organizations that work with refugees – International Rescue Committee, Ethiopian Community Development Council, and Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital –  wrote to Hyattsville officials requesting they issue a consent letter. 

“The three refugee resettlement agencies requesting your consent have resettled refugees in the City of Hyattsville and the surrounding counties for over 13 years,” reads the letter from the nonprofits. “We have helped refugees successfully access housing, healthcare, education and employment with funding from the federal government. Local municipalities like the City of Hyattsville bear none of the cost of resettlement and reap many benefits.”

The measure to issue the letter passed unanimously.

Pedestrian killed on University Boulevard; Man dies in shooting – Prince George’s News Roundup

Two people died in Prince George’s County over the weekend. One was a pedestrian struck killed the driver of an SUV in Adelphi. The other was a D.C. resident fatally shot in Camp Springs. Those stories, plus more in today’s Prince George’s News Roundup. WJLA: Pedestrian hit, killed by driver of SUV
Fatal collision occurred at University Boulevard and West Park Drive in Adelphi.