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‘Keeping radical Islamic terrorists out of Texas!’ Senate passes vote to remove state refugee office

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The Lone Star State has taken a bold step to keep as many radical Islamic terrorists out of Texas as they possibly can.

The Texas Senate successfully voted to eliminate the Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Immigration and Refugees on Monday. The bill was passed with a vote of 20-10, with many voting along party lines.

Sen. Don Huffines, the author of the bill, said: “the federal refugee program is broken” and his bill “will keep Texans safe by helping to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of Texas.” The legislation is structured to follow in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to remove Texas from the federal governments refugee resettlement program.

In 2015, Gov. Abbott instructed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Refugee Resettlement Program to no longer participate in the “resettlement of any Syrian refugees in the State of Texas.”

Abbott took it one step further by sending a personal letter to then-President Obama following the 2015 terror attack in Paris, France that left more than 150 dead and hundreds more injured.

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Abbott again reaffirmed the need for refugee reform following the terrorist attack that took place on the Ohio State university campus in November of 2016.

The attacker was a Somali refugee that attempted to run people over with his car because the campus did not have enough areas for Muslims to pray. An officer ultimately shot and killed the terrorist, but not before he injured more than a dozen bystanders.

Huffines said, “Washington must listen to Texas and give our elected leaders a voice in all aspects of the refugee resettlement process. The Governor and the Legislature have an obligation to keep Texans safe, and it’s one that we take very seriously. Texans have big hearts and are a generous people, but we must stop refugee resettlement until the program makes sense for our state, and our people.”

Huffins argued that the legislation “gives the Texas Legislature a voice in the decision to reenter the [resettlement] program, when and if it is appropriate to do so.”

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The legislation will go before the Texas House in order to consider whether or not the bill should be law across the state of Texas.

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