Texas has announced that it is withdrawing from the federal Refugee Resettlement Program, citing security concerns. Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement means that “refugees will continue to come to Texas, albeit without the state acting as the middleman between federal dollars and local resettlement agencies,” according to the Austin American-Statesman.
“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 member station KUT. READ MORE