Senator Huffines Acts On His Obligation To Keep Texans Safe
Huffines files bill to codify Governor Abbott's withdrawal from the federal refugee resettlement program
AUSTIN – Following several horrific terrorist attacks on American soil, most recently on the campus of Ohio State University (OSU), Senator Don Huffines (R-Dallas) has filed Senate Bill 260 to codify Governor Greg Abbott's decision to withdraw Texas from the federal refugee resettlement program. The OSU terrorist was resettled to Dallas in 2014, where he lived for a very brief time before moving out of the state of Texas.
Senator Huffines stated, “Texas must solidify Governor Abbott’s refugee policy. While there are promising leadership changes coming to our federal government, we simply cannot wait for Congress to take decisive action. I'm proud to join Governor Abbott in his effort to keep Texans safe from poorly screened refugees from countries with clear ties to terrorism. Until the new administration and Congress act, Texas will find a way.”
On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Governor Greg Abbott advised the federal government of his intention to withdraw the state from the federal refugee resettlement program unless several common sense conditions were met, including a certification by national security officials that refugees coming to our state do not pose a security risk to Texans. The federal government refused to accommodate Texas' reasonable requests by the September 30, 2016 deadline, so Texas’ withdrawal from the refugee resettlement program will be official on January 31st, 2017 (based on the 120 day notification requirement in federal law).
Senator Huffines continued: "The Governor and the Legislature have an obligation to keep Texans safe, and it's one that we take very seriously. Under President Obama, the refugee resettlement program has been little more than a red carpet welcome for potential terrorists. Until the program is significantly redesigned and the federal government makes assurances to Governor Abbott and me that refugees don't pose a security threat, Texas will not be complicit in welcoming radical Islamic extremists who are eager to kill and maim innocent Texans."
Senator Huffines concluded: "The refugee resettlement program is antiquated and must be reconsidered and redesigned from the ground up. 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."