Texas’ hard line on Syrian refugees should be emulated by every state in the union. The Governor of Texas said organizations could be sued and lose state funding should they go against his moratorium. But he’s not the only one.
“I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” Bentley said. “I will not place Alabamians at even the slightest, possible risk of an attack on our people. Please continue to join me in praying for those who have suffered loss…”
Following suit, Texas Gov. Abbott sent a letter to President Obama stating: “Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees — any one of whom could be connected to terrorism — being resettled in Texas.”
“The threat posed to Texas by ISIS is real,” Abbott added. “ISIS claimed credit last May when two terrorist gunmen launched an attack in Garland, Texas. Less than two weeks later, the FBI arrested an Iraqi-born man in North Texas and charged him with lying to federal agents about traveling to Syria to fight with ISIS.”
“Effective today, I am 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. And I urge you, as President, to halt your plans to allow Syrians to be resettled anywhere in the United States.”
Really what these leaders are saying is they will not allow Obama to dump Muslims within their borders. Shariah law is anathema to the Constitution and individual liberty and responsibility. ISIS terrorists are easily hidden within the refugees flowing in from Syria, many of whom are men of fighting age. The President’s move to import 200,000 refugees is dangerous and unfundable, and the LAST thing we want is conclaves of Islamists becoming domestic threats.
“Since the November 13 attacks in Paris, the political landscape has shifted. The governors of more than half of U.S. states have said, with varying degrees of intensity, that they do not want any Syrian refugees resettling within their borders. All but one of them, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, is a Republican.”
Breitbart reports that Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Chris Traylor sent letters and admonished agencies in the state who help Syrian refugees while refusing to cooperate with Texas officials, saying, “I must ask that you fulfill your statutory duty to conduct your activities ‘in close cooperation and advance consultation’ with the State of Texas pursuant to section 1522 of Title 8 of the United States Code.”
Conservative Tribune adds:
“If you remain unwilling to cooperate with the state in this matter, we strongly believe that a failure to cooperate with the State on this matter violates federal law and your contract with the state,” Traylor said.
“Failure by your organization to cooperate with the State of Texas as required by federal law may result in the termination of your contract with the state and other legal action.”
States whose Governors oppose Syrian refugees:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
And the list keeps growing.