Republican Gov. Greg Abbott EXPLAINS:
‘Given the tragic attacks in Paris,’ he explained in a letter to Obama, ‘and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees – any one of whom could be connected to terrorism – being resettled in Texas.’
He furthermore ordered the refugee resettlement arm of the state’s Health and Human Services Commission ‘to not participate in the resettlement of any Syrian refugees in the State of Texas.’
Don’t you love Abbott?
So what was the warning sent to these aid agencies?
The head of that agency has backed up Abbott’s rhetoric with a stern warning to state agencies with a different outlook on the refugee issue.
Texas HHSC Commissioner Chris Traylor wrote in a recent letter to said agencies that if they ‘remain unwilling to cooperate with the state in this matter,’ it may be deemed a violation of ‘federal law and your contract with the state.’