Federal Judge Says No to State’s Plan to Ban Syrian Refugees
A federal judge just issued a ruling that should strike fear into the hearts of everyone who believes that states' rights should be able to supersede the power of the federal government. The issue was played out in the Texas courts and you might not have even known it was going on until now.
At issue was the federal government's plan to settle refugees from Syria in the state of Texas--without any approval or consent from lawmakers in Texas.
Over 200 Syrian refugees have been settled in Texas, but Texas Governor Greg Abbott called out the federal government for not consulting with him or any members of the state's legislature. Abbott ordered a cease-and-desist against any non-profit entities trying to bring Syrian refugees into the state.
The federal government, of course, didn't like that very much.
They pushed to continue with the resettlement process and the state of Texas sued.
Unfortunately, Texas just lost that lawsuit. Federal district judge David Godbey listened to some arguments in the suit, but eventually dismissed it because he didn't feel that Texas demonstrated "plausible cause" that the federal government programs were overstepping their bounds.
The Texas attorney general summed up the feelings of much of the state when he said that he was disappointed in the federal government's overreach and control of things at the state level.
"I am disappointed with the court’s determination that Texas cannot hold the federal government accountable to consult with us before resettling refugees here," said Attorney General Ken Paxton.
This court dismissal in Texas, however, sets a dangerous precedent for other states that are unhappy with the way the federal government is handling refugee resettlement in their borders. If the federal government can waltz in and do what they want, where have states' rights and the importance of state government gone?
This is a dangerous precedent. Watch this issue closely.