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Texas officially withdraws from US Refugee Admissions Program; feds cannot assure security screening of all refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 30, 2016

This is a major blow to the US Refugee Admissions Program since Texas is, by far, the largest resettlement state in the nation.

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Greg Abbott seem to be in sync this week on protecting Texas from not adequately screened refugees.

The governor’s complaint is that the federal government cannot adequately assure the state of Texas that all of the refugees from the Middle East and Africa being placed there are thoroughly screened. 

And, in fact, that was confirmed in Senate testimony we heard this week (click here).  At that hearing Senator Cruz of Texas elicited some damning testimony from federal officials.

The arrogant federal resettlement contractor will of course claim they can still operate in Texas as a so-called Wilson-Fish state like more than a dozen other states operate where there is no state government involvement. However, the Wilson-Fish program itself is constitutionally questionable and Governor Abbott, if serious, could block that too with a legal challenge.

But, at least in the short run, the program will be seriously disrupted and that alone will send ripples through the entire refugee industry.

Here is the news (at Breitbart) that happened on the eve of the new fiscal year (tomorrow!) which will see a massive inflow of refugees especially from Syria and other hotbeds of terrorism unless the Republican Congress cuts the funding for the program when Congress reconvenes after the election in November.

Governor Greg Abbott has officially pulled the plug on Texas’ participation in the federal refugee resettlement program after the Obama Administration rejected specific security conditions.

The move by the Texas governor stops the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC) from coordinating the resettlement of these refugees that the Obama Administration has repeatedly said they cannot certify not to be a threat to the residents of the state. His action follows the rejection of a proposal announced previously where Texas officials demanded a certification that the refugees were not a security threat and a limit on the number of refugees to the original 2016 plan.

“Texas has repeatedly requested that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence provide assurances that refugees resettled in Texas will not pose a security threat, and that the number of refugees resettled in Texas would not exceed the State’s original allocation in fiscal year 2016 – both of which have been denied by the federal government,” Abbott said in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. “As a result, Texas will withdraw from the refugee resettlement program. As governor, I will continue to prioritize the safety of all Texans and urge the federal government to overhaul this severely broken system.”

Go here for more details.

22 Responses to “Texas officially withdraws from US Refugee Admissions Program; feds cannot assure security screening of all refugees”

  1. […] Already the state has shown that the will of the people is to not bring in more refugees (based on Governor Abbott’s strong stance on the program).  However, the DOS and the federal resettlement contractors there are thumbing […]

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  2. […] the state has shown that the will of the people is to not bring in more refugees (based on Governor Abbott’s strong stance on the program).  However, the DOS and the federal resettlement contractors there are thumbing […]

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  3. […] change in Chicago.  His family was reportedly on the way to Texas and their new home (so much for Governor Abbott’s efforts to close the program in the […]

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  4. […] other day we reported that the Texas governor withdrew the state from the FEDERAL Refugee Admissions Program (RAP) and […]

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  5. […] other day we reported that the Texas governor withdrew the state from the FEDERAL Refugee Admissions Program (RAP) and […]

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  6. […] Texas officially withdraws from US Refugee Admissions Program; feds cannot assure security screenin… […]

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  7. genearly said

    Too bad GA’s Governor “Let’s Make a Deal”, is more interested in his ChamberPot RepubDonors and the Repub Eunichs in the state legislature are also worthless to protect it’s citizens from Obamy’s Islamist “refugees”.

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  8. tballard56 said

    “refugee industry”. LOL – I like it!

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  9. Americans, YOU, are paying to build a 25 foot tall WALL all around Israel ……. but if You ask for a wall to protect your Families from ILLEGALS you are told you are a RACIST BIGOT.

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    • dotsword said

      “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”…
      — you’ll gt a lot further if you consider trying different example

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  10. Too bad all States don’t file a class action lawsuit for the federal government to cease this unfunded mandate! They can show the costs to local and state govco’s are huge in terms of un funded social services, health and education.

    state govco’s get some Texas sized kahuna’s!

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  11. Dr. Rich Swier said

    Great. Published: http://bit.ly/2dHeYYm

    Rich

    On Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 8:38 PM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “This is a major blow to the US Refugee Admissions > Program since Texas is, by far, the largest resettlement state in the > nation. The governor’s complaint is that the federal government cannot > adequately assure the state of Texas that all of the refu” >

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  12. Reblogged this on jowitteroosblog.

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  13. Carl said

    Reblogged this on Carl’s Pflugerville Political Website and commented:
    This good news would be even better if Muslim immigration into the entire country were stopped. (This is a Reblog.)

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  15. dotsword said

    ……….. on my knees, Thanking God , , , , , some Relief for this Hell-hole that was once my lovely neighborhood

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  16. jw burns said

    Well done Gov Abbott. Many Amerexit begins. Send them all to Maryland.

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  17. kerberos616 said

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.

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  19. Joan Kromphold said

    I wish Ducey had the guts to do this.

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  20. Phonographnut@aol.com said

    bravo

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