Saturday, January 11, 2020
News from Texas. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Gov. Greg Abbott said the state will not allow refugees to resettle in Texas this fiscal year. Under President Donald Trump’s September executive order, cities and states must consent before refugees will be settled in their jurisdictions. Texas is the first known state to bar refugee resettlement.
As NBC News reports,
"Governors in 42 other states have said they will consent to allowing in more refugees, The Associated Press reported, citing the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
In September, Trump announced the U.S. would receive only 18,000 refugees in fiscal year 2020, a historic low since the program began in 1980.
The president also ordered that refugees would be resettled in jurisdictions where state and local governments consented to receive them." (emphasis added).
This editorial in the Dallas Morning News strongly criticized the Governor's refusal to accept refugees in Texas.