Governor Greg Abbott just delivered a searing blow to the Syrian refugees that just landed in America.
AUSTIN – Texas will not accept any Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attack, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday.
The governor wrote to President Barack Obama to express concerns about the vetting process to resettle refugees in the U.S. Citing the possibility that one of the terrorists was a Syrian refugee, Abbott said that “American humanitarian compassion could be exploited.”
“Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity,” Abbott, a Republican, wrote. “As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.
It’s unclear what Abbott can actually do to stop the in-flow of refugees, since immigration is a federal responsibility. He said he had directed the Texas Health & Human Services Commission’s Refugee Resettlement Program to not participate in the resettlement of any Syrian refugees.
Read more: Dallas Morning News