Texas first state to opt out of federal refugee resettlement program

Syrian refugees (Photo credit: Lynsey Addario/NYT)

On September 26, 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order 13888 requiring federal refugee resettlement agencies to get written consent from state and local officials in any jurisdiction where they want to resettle refugees beyond June 2020. As the Executive Order on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement stipulates:

In resettling refugees into American communities, it is the policy of the United States to cooperate and consult with State and local governments, to take into account the preferences of State governments, and to provide a pathway for refugees to become self-sufficient.

Not only must the Federal Government consult with State and local governments, they must be “be respectful of those communities that may not be able to accommodate refugee resettlement” because State and local governments are best positioned to know the resources and capacities they may or may not have available to devote to sustainable resettlement.

Trump’s executive order also cut the number of refugees allowed into the country for the 2020 fiscal year to a historic low of 18,000. About 30,000 refugees were resettled in the U.S. during the previous fiscal year.

Texas has large refugee populations in several of its cities and has long been a leader in settling refugees, taking in more than any other state during the 2018 governmental fiscal year, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Since the 2002 fiscal year, Texas has resettled an estimated 88,300 refugees, second only to California, according to the Pew Research Center.

Danielle Wallace reports for Fox News that yesterday, Texas became the first state to opt out of the federal refugee resettlement program — a move made possible by Trump’s executive order.

In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas “has carried more than its share” in refugee resettlement. Since FY 2010, Texas has taken in more refugees than any other state — about 10% of all refugees resettled in the United States. But in accepting and resettling those refugees, Texas has had no help from the federal government, but “has been left by Congress to deal with disproportionate migration issues resulting from a broken federal immigration system.”

In addition, Abbott pointed out that, according to federal numbers, about 100,000 migrants have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas since May 2018, who included migrants from China, Iran, Kenya, Russia and Tonga.

Citing “a responsibility to dedicate available resources to those who are already here,” including refugees, migrants, the homeless, and “all Texans,” Abbott says Texas “cannot consent to initial refugee resettlement for FY 2020.” But Texas’ opting out of the initial refugee resettlement program for the 2020 fiscal year does not deny any refugee access to the U.S., nor does it prevent any refugee from later coming to Texas after initially settling in another state.

However, the Democrat mayors of major Texas metropolitan areas, including San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, sent the federal government letters saying they remain willing to welcome refugees despite the state action. As an example, Democrat mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner said in a statement: “Regardless of where someone is from, who they are or what they believe, there is a home for them in Houston. Our welcoming spirit has led to our city becoming the national leader in refugee resettlement.”

Governors in 42 other states have said they will consent to allowing in more refugees, according to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which works with local agencies throughout the U.S. to resettle refugees. The governors not yet on the record are all Republicans — from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina and Wyoming.

Abbott’s letter enraged Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali immigrant, who earlier in the week had decried a similar move by county-level officials in her home state of Minnesota that was also facilitated by Trump’s executive order. Omar tweeted the Statue of Liberty’s “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,” and vowed “We shall overcome!”.

~Eowyn

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Anonymous
Anonymous
9 months ago

Good.

DCG
Admin
DCG
9 months ago

Well of course demorats are going to do what they want to do. They always gotta have it their way…

William
William
9 months ago

Omar (is her mouth ever shut?) quoting the Emma Lazarus poem..she got the “wretched refuse” part right

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
9 months ago
Reply to  William

emma was actually a Jewish activist of the 19th century. Her poem was not placed on the “Statue of liberty” until I believe 1903 through the efforts of ashkenazi activists to institute the easing of massive ashkenazi immigration from european nations were they were wearing out their welcome (for obvious reasons).

Of course, unrestrained immigration, no matter the peoples, is self-destructive.

William
William
9 months ago

Yes they wore out their welcomes in many countries. 108, something like that. Here they have assimilated, or more accurately insinuated themselves into American society while retaining loyalty to their tribe. Not all obviously, I’m generalizing. And that has worked for them, they have done very well here. The key word in your comment is unrestrained. And illegal. It is preposterous that we are even debating the “merits” of illegal immigration with leftists. And with one state after another granting them all the prerogatives of citizenship anyway, why would any would-be immigrant bother with the legal immigration process?

GomeznSA
GomeznSA
9 months ago
Reply to  William

William – probably more accurate to say ‘she is the wretched refuse’ as I can see absolutely no redeeming qualities in her.

William
William
9 months ago
Reply to  GomeznSA

Right you are. Zero redeeming qualities. Unless we regard marrying ones own brother as redeeming. I don’t think we do. Wretched refuse from the manure pile of Somalia

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Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
9 months ago

Funny how so many politicians presume to speak for the people, with out ever really asking.

Steven Broiles
9 months ago

Kudos to Texas and Pres. Trump for this signal reform! Americans are waking up to the threat of unchecked immigration. And yet, how many people are aware of the radical evil that has fueled this unchecked and unmonitored immigration? It is the evil of nationwide (or at least culture-wide) contraception and abortion that has led to a failing replacement rate. Mark My Words: Once the critical mass point of demographics has been reached, the culture will change forever. So all we can do, at this point, is to buy some time. It is tyranny that trickles down from the top… Read more »

Alma
Alma
9 months ago

Wait a minute, “refugees” are not the same as “immigrants” or, are they? Hmmmmm!!!

William
William
9 months ago
Reply to  Alma

For demonrats one size fits all. All that matters to them is that they vote D, you can call them whatever you want

Jackie Puppet
9 months ago

Hopefully for Texas, this will also stop the behind-the-back deals that Demonrat mayors of Texas cities like Austin have been pulling, to take in more rapefugees.

Of course, my gubner, Fat Fuck JB Pritzker, couldn’t wait to take in more!

William
William
9 months ago

This from Americans for legal immigration (ALIPAC): New York Senate passes automatic voter registration bill NY Law Automatically Registers Illegal Aliens to Vote Democrats in New York didn’t wait very long before executing the third and final step in their scheme to register illegal alien voters. New York Senate Democrats just passed a bill on Thursday that automatically registers people to vote who submit applications to the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Department of Health. New York’s Green Light Law was passed by the state legislature back in December and gives illegal aliens the ability to obtain driver’s licenses.… Read more »

She,Her,Mrs
She,Her,Mrs
9 months ago

#OPTOUT50 ….our entire country should Opt out, the 💩filter is full.

Michael Garrison
Michael Garrison
9 months ago

Traitorous bastards.

chemtrailssuck
chemtrailssuck
9 months ago

They won’t let the Syrian Christians or persecuted Egyptian Coptic Christians settle in the USA, wonder why that is…..
Also if you look at the requirements say for Belize to become a “citizen”, you have to have a minimum “guaranteed” income of 2000 a month, plus cough up 1000 application “fee” for applying to become a citizen.
Mexico’s similar from what I read.