Gov. Greg Abbott Says New Refugees Won't Be Allowed To Settle In Texas | 1/10/2020 | Staff
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Gov. Greg Abbott, pictured in Feb. 2019, said Texas does not consent to allow refugees to resettle within the state.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday that his state will not accept new refugees this year, making Texas the first state to reject resettlements under a new rule from President Trump.

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Trump signed an executive order in September, saying that states and municipalities must give written consent before refugees can be resettled.

"Texas has carried more than its share in assisting the refugee resettlement process," Abbott, a Republican, said in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday.

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"Since FY2010, more refugees have been received in Texas than in any other state. In fact, over that decade, roughly 10% of all refugees resettled in the United States have been placed in Texas," Abbott noted.

He added, "Texas has been left by Congress to deal with disproportionate migration issues resulting from a broken federal immigration system."

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He stated that approximately 100,000 migrants were apprehended crossing the state's southern border in May of last year. And, in the 2018 fiscal year, he said, apprehensions included people from China, Iran, Kenya, Russia and Tonga.

More than 40 other governors of both parties have signaled their willingness to continue accepting refugees.

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Several nonprofit organizations that work to resettle refugees are challenging the executive order in court. And several were swift to condemn Abbott's decision.

"Texas has a long and proud history of welcoming refugees," Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, a refugee resettlement group that is part of the current...
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