Texas Governor Refuses To Accept Refugees. POLL: Do You Back The Governor’s Decision?
Republican Governor Greg Abbott said he gave notice to Refugee Resettlement program that Texas will not participate or accept refugees in Texas. Abbott stated that the program was riddled with problems that present security risks.
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Despite multiple requests by the State of Texas, the federal government lacks the capability or the will to distinguish the dangerous from the harmless, and Texas will not be an accomplice to such dereliction of duty to the American people,” Abbott said in a statement.
Texas, a bellwether state for conservative policies, has seen other Republican-led states follow its lead in challenging the refugee resettlement plans in and out of the courts.
“The security vetting for this population – the most vulnerable of individuals – is extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Johnson said in a joint, five-page letter to Abbott in November which outlined the process.
Since Jan. 1, 2011, there have been 1,104 Syrian refugees resettled in Texas, according to the U.S. State Department-affiliated Refugee Processing Center. That is less than the 1,610 people resettled in California and the 1,515 sent to Michigan.