Don’t mess with TEXAS! The Lone Star state has issued a warning to all agencies about Obama’s refugees- Help them and we may sue you and may terminate your funding from the state!
As you might recall, 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.”
“Neither you [Obama] nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity,” Abbott wrote. “As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”
“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.”
Now, state officials are doubling down on their opposition to Syrian refugees settling in the state.
Breitbart is reporting 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.”
Traylor adds that “Texas has a proven record of providing humanitarian assistance to refugees fleeing persecution. Texas accepts approximately 10 percent of all refugees resettled in the United States — more than any other State.”
Citing the applicable federal statute, the Commissioner added that “until recently the United States was unable to accept more than a few hundred Syrian refugees per year because federal law excluded any refugees who had provided material support to a terrorist organization.” Traylor noted that President Obama unilaterally exempted Syrian refugees from the ban in order to increase the number of refugees to 10,000 this year.
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.”
This is why you don’t mess with Texas, folks — especially when it comes to Syrian refugees. Let’s see if the president heeds that warning, or whether yet another showdown is brewing in the Lone Star State.
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God Bless! Dean James III%