Governor Abbott has written a letter to President Obama in which he informs the President that Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria. In the letter, Governor Abbott explains:
The threat posed to Texas by ISIS is very real. 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. And in 2014, when I served as Texas attorney general, we participated in a Joint Terrorism Task Force that arrested two Austin residents for providing material support to terrorists including ISIS.
Given the tragic attack in Paris and the threats we have already seen in Texas, coupled with the FBI director’s acknowledgment that we do not have the information necessary to effectively vet Syrian nationals, 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.
TCC supports Governor Abbott on this important issue. We cannot risk the safety of Texans and we urge President Obama to show the same caution for the rest of the nation.