I stand with Gov. Abbott: No Syrian refugees in Texas

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote to President Obama today informing him that Texas would not accept any refugees from Syria and urging the president to stop the settlements nationwide:

“Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees – any one of whom could be connected to terrorism – being resettled in Texas. Effective today, I am directing the Texas Health & Human Services Commission’s Refugee Resettlement Program to not participate in the resettlement of any Syrian refugees in the State of Texas. And I urge you, as President, to halt your plans to allow Syrians to be resettled anywhere in the United States.”

From Gov. Abbott’s letter to President Obama

You can read the full letter here.

I stand firmly with Gov. Abbott on this issue. No one in the Obama administration can guarantee that any one of these refugees will not be a part of terrorist activities. We must think of the security of Texans and protect our citizens, not irresponsibly open our doors to potentially deadly threats.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of France and people all around the world who have been victims of these horrible attacks. I hope the President heeds Gov. Abbott’s advice and stops this practice that exposes our country to similar threats, and I am glad that Texas will not be participating.


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