Defiant Governor Says He Will Withdraw State From Federal Refugee-Resettlement Program
President Barack Obama has now officially pledged to the world that the United States will accept 110,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal year 2017. That's a huge jump from the numbers of refugees who are currently being admitted into our country but it might not be possible if things keep going the way they are in Texas.
You see, Texas is about to opt-out of refugee resettlement.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has just about had enough of the federal government's involvement in bringing refugees to his state and he's declared that he will withdraw from the federal program if his security criteria aren't met.
Abbott wants the federal program that clears refugees to be more stringent and exact. He cited reservations from the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence, both of which "have repeatedly declared their inability to fully screen refugees from terrorist-based nations," Abbott declared.
If Texas were to fully withdraw from resettling refugees, it would be a landmark decision. The state of Indiana is currently undergoing legal battles because it wanted to restrict the resettlement of refugees within its borders. A federal judge, however, has said that it's likely that a country must either be all-in or all-out to make any stop to refugees legal.
That means that Texas will likely be all-out. With a huge Republican base, it's almost unthinkable that Abbott couldn't convince his state legislature to pass a referendum to halt refugees from entering Texas. And if refugees can't enter Texas, they'll be hard-pressed to go elsewhere.
Texas is one of the most encompassing states when it comes to welcoming refugees. Thousands settle there every year for the growing economy and the warmer weather.
But if Texas closes its doors, who knows which states will follow.
This could be a death blow to Obama's refugee policy.
h/t: The Atlantic