Governor Greg Abbott just sent a letter to President Obama proclaiming in no uncertain terms that he is “directing the Texas Health & Human Services Commission’s Refugee Resettlement Program to not participate in the resettlement of any Syrian refugees in the State of Texas.” Gov. Abbott correctly asserts that neither President Obama “nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity. As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”
I applaud Governor Abbott for his strong commitment to the safety of our fellow Texans and proudly add my voice in support of this policy. Texas is a compassionate state, full of compassionate citizens who always stand ready to give, but President Obama’s plan to move thousands of individuals from Syria, without any functional background or security checks, into our communities is lunacy. I will use the full power of my office to push back and protect Texans.