Texas is threatening to withdraw from the nation’s refugee resettlement program if federal officials refuse to “unconditionally approve” their state plan requiring additional vetting of relocated people.
Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement on Texas’ intention to withdraw from the refugee resettlement program:
“The federal government’s refugee settlement program is riddled with serious problems that pose a threat to our nation. The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence have repeatedly declared their inability to fully screen refugees from terrorist-based nations. Even with the inability to properly vet refugees from Syria and countries known to be supporters or propagators of terrorism, President Obama is now ineptly proposing a dramatic increase in the number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S.”
The Texas Tribune reports:
Following terrorist attacks in Paris in November that left 130 dead, Texas’ Republican leaders have raised concerns about the vetting process, particularly as it relates to Syrians, saying the federal government is unable to ensure that individuals with ties to terrorist groups haven’t slipped through the screening process.
“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.” Abbot added.
As of now, the state of Texas will not accept a single refuge until proper security measures according to their state are put in place. However, the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980 allows the federal government to designate an entity other than a state government to serve as the state refugee coordinator and disburse funding.
You can read Gov. Abbot’s full statements here.
(H/T: Texas Tribune)