Texas Stops Trying to Prevent Syrian Refugees From Resettling (For Now)
Texas dropped its legal attempts to prevent Syrian refugees from resettling in the state on Friday.
According to the Associated Press, the state dropped its lawsuit against the federal government following a nonprofit agency’s defiance of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott‘s orders to all state agencies to refuse any more Syrian refugees for resettlement. The International Rescue Committee in Dallas was asked by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to comply by a Tuesday, Dec. 1 deadline.
In the days after, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed against the federal government and asked a federal judge to force IRC to provide detailed information on the Syrian immigrants it was currently processing. The implicit claim was the organization wasn’t providing enough information to the state.
However, IRC Dallas executive director Donna Duvin told the court her organization had already provided the state with its requested information, which was simply the total number of Syrians coming to the state and known dates of arrival.
Despite dropping the state’s legal measures, Paxton said he “will continue legal proceedings to ensure we get the information necessary to adequately protect the safety of Texas residents.”
The AP reports that 21 Syrian refugees are scheduled for resettlement in Texas next week. Most of those are 13 years old or younger.
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