Governors Cannot Close Their States to Refugees
"States are not supposed to engage in foreign relations or in diplomacy. States can do things that make themselves attractive or unattractive as destinations for immigrants....But [the state of Michigan] could not, for example, say, 'We disapprove of the government of Myanmar, and so we boycott Myanmar as Michigan.' That's the federal government's job, and when states have tried to do things like that, the courts have said, 'No way.'"
—Prof. Richard Primus, in a CBS News article that outlines why states are not empowered to reject immigrants granted refugee status by the United States.