Pro Immigrant Groups Upset Over Governor Abbott's Stance On Refugee Resettlement

Austin York
January 16, 2020 - 5:19 pm
 Texas Governor Greg Abbott

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DALLAS (KRLD) - Following governor Gregg Abbott informing the Trump administration that Texas would not participate in refugee resettlement this year, several North Texas immigration groups are upset.

Abbott cited a need to focus on the people already in Texas and blamed the "broken federal immigration system"  Congress has failed to fix.

But Fazian Syed, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in DFW says the move is unconscionable, immoral and un-American.

"Refugees who come to the US are often escaping war, poverty, crime and their first question is, 'how can I get to work and how can I start contributing to our society," Syed says.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price’s office responded Tuesday, saying "Our refugee families in Fort Worth are an incredibly important part of the diverse fabric throughout our community." 

Dallas mayor Eric Johnson says the city will continue to take in refugees as well.​