Gov. Tony Evers (Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

Gov. Tony Evers submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday notifying the federal government of Wisconsin’s intent to continue supporting refugee resettlement in the state. This announcement follows an executive order issued by President Trump requiring that states and localities provide written consent for refugee resettlement.

In the letter, Evers noted that Wisconsin has welcomed more than 16,000 refugees from countries around the world over the last two decades and that, “our state has a rich history of opening its doors to people of all backgrounds, experiences, and walks of life.”

“In Wisconsin, we believe in kindness, respect, empathy, and compassion—those are our Wisconsin values. Time and time again, I have watched Wisconsinites roll up their sleeves and help each other, rising to the call of our neighbors in their time of need,” said Gov. Evers in a statement. “As we face that call today, I am disappointed by the Trump Administration’s overly cumbersome and inappropriate process for those involved in resettlement, but the state of Wisconsin will continue to proudly welcome those seeking refuge into our communities and our state.”

Gov. Evers’ letter can be found here.