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In a decision largely seen as symbolic, the Rock Island County Board members recently voted to allow refugees to relocate to the county.
The vote was viewed by many as a mere formality after a Maryland judge recently imposed a temporary block on President Donald Trump’s order granting local governments the freedom to turn away refugees. World Relief Moline Director Laura Fontaine was among those pushing for Rock Island to keep its borders open.
"The Quad Cities is such a welcoming community," Fontaine told WQAD. "If everybody is on the same page and we have the county's support, it will make for a more welcoming community."
Rock Island County Board Chairman Richard Brunk told WQAD the vote was taken on Jan. 21.