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Old September 22nd, 2016, 04:07 PM   #1
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Texas Threatens to Pull Plug on State Cooperation with Refugee Resettlement

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AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 22, 2016) – Texas has threatened to pull the plug on state assistance to refugees if the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) does not unconditionally approve the state’s revised resettlement plan by Sept. 30. The move would significantly hinder refugee resettlement in the Lone Star State.


The state’s refugee coordinator sent a letter to the ORR informing it of its intention to exit the program. The state’s updated refugee plan would require national security officials to ensure refugees do not pose a security threat to Texas. As required by the ORR, the state’s withdrawal from the program would take effect 120 days after the Sept. 30 deadline, on Jan. 31, 2017.

In a statement, Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said the refugee resettlement program is “riddled with serious problems” and the federal government lacks the ability to adequately screen refugees.

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“Empathy must be balanced with security. Texas has done more than its fair share in aiding refugees, accepting more refugees than any other state between October 2015 and March 2016. While many refugees pose no danger, some pose grave danger, like the Iraqi refugee with ties to ISIS who was arrested earlier this year after he plotted to set off bombs at two malls in Houston. 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. Therefore, Texas will withdraw from the refugee resettlement program. I strongly urge the federal government to completely overhaul a broken and flawed refugee program that increasingly risks American lives.”

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Old September 23rd, 2016, 04:59 AM   #4
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Other states feel this way if they would communicate w/ each other about this issue and make a move as a group IMO it would be much more effective.


Even if states would put it on their ballot I think that would be fantastic.
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