A federal judge is blocking attempts by Texas to stop the arrival of Syrian refugees. His ruling, which was signed Wednesday, rejected arguments that the Obama administration is wrongly leaving states on the sidelines when resettling refugees, which is handled by the federal government.

U.S. District Judge David Godbey, a George W. Bush appointee, rejects Republican leaders’ claims that states deserve a say in resettlements or that refugees pose an imminent risk. Godbey had previously chastised Texas for its “largely speculative hearsay” about Muslim extremists infiltrating Syrian refugees. CONTINUE