ACLU asks Christie to reconsider exiting refugee program

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is calling on Republican Gov. Chris Christie to reconsider withdrawing from a federal refugee resettlement program.

The group sent Christie a letter Tuesday arguing that the state has a long history of welcoming refugees from across the world.

Christie’s office did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment.

The group says the letter comes in response to the Christie administration’s decision last month to notify the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program that it intended to pull out.

It also comes after Christie wrote President Barack Obama late last year, while he was a GOP presidential candidate, to say the state would not participate with relocating Syrian refugees over safety concerns.

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