The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports:
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday the state will not allow refugees to resettle in Texas.
Under President Donald Trump’s Sept. 26 executive order, cities and states must provide their written consent to allow refugees to resettle within their areas.
Nationwide, roughly 40 governors have consented or signaled their willingness to allow refugees in their states, making Texas the first state to bar their settlement.
BREAKING: @GovAbbott says Texas will opt out of refugee resettlement program. Abbott had until Jan. 21 to decide whether Texas would participate in the program.
“Texas cannot consent to initial refugee resettlement for FY2020.”” #txlege pic.twitter.com/biDP3Kg48Z
— Sarah McConnell (@sbmcconnell) January 10, 2020
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) January 10, 2020
Texas has resettled more refugees than any state in the country, however today Gov. Abbott issued a letter making Texas the first state to opt out of refugee resettlement. As a US Senator, I will fight for Texas to remain a strong border state that welcomes those seeking refuge. pic.twitter.com/Qc9359chZf
— Chris Bell (@BellForSenate) January 10, 2020