Texas Governor Greg Abbott took a major stand against refugees looking to resettle in the United States.
Dealing with a serious immigration problem on the southern border, Abbott has informed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo via letter that the state of Texas will be opting out of a program that resettles refugees in various states.
In the letter, the Texas governor said that his state has helped more refugees than any other state since 2010, noting that for every 10 refugees resettled in the U.S., one was placed in Texas.
“In addition to accepting refugees all these years, Texas has been left by Congress to deal with disproportionate migration issues resulting from a broken federal immigration system,” Abbott said. “At this time, the state and nonprofit organizations have a responsibility to dedicate available resources to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants, and the homeless — indeed, all Texans.”
“Texas has carried more than its share in assisting the refugee resettlement process and appreciates that other states are available to help with these efforts,” Abbott concluded.
According to the Washington Examiner, “President Trump issued an executive order last year changing the rules of the federal government’s refugee resettlement program. Governors must affirm they wish to participate in the program before they will receive refugees.”
Abbott is officially the first governor to leave the program.
This leaves only 18 Republican governors left who have chosen to participate in the resettlement of refugees in their states.
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