Tarrant County Commissioners Vote Unanimously To Welcome Refugees

Andrew Greenstein
January 14, 2020 - 5:18 pm
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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Last week, Governor Abbott announced that he's opting out of the refugee resettlement program.

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court has a difference of opinion.

On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted unanimously, 5-0, to opt into the refugee resettlement program.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks vehemently disagreed with Abbott's decision.

"It is unseemly for the State of Texas to take this action," Brooks said at Tuesday's meeting. "I think that we as a state are big enough (and) our hearts are big enough to accept refugees and assist them in their resettlement."

Abbott is the first governor to turn away refugees under the resettlement program.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Devan Allen said Tarrant County is well-equipped to accommodate refugees.

Under President Trump's executive order that he signed back in September, states and local municipalities must give written consent in order to accept refugees.

"Tarrant County has been a very welcoming community in helping folks to get resettled," Allen said, "and there are so many organizations that work on that effort."

The vote, however, will be purely symbolic unless Governor Abbott reverses himself and allows refugees to resettle in Texas.