Texas becomes first US state to refuse entry to refugees under Donald Trump's anti-immigration order


Texas becomes first US state to refuse entry to refugees under Donald Trump’s anti-immigration order

So far, 41 governors – 18 of them Republican – and at least seven dozen local officials have consented to resettlement, according to a LIRS tally.

Florida and Georgia, other major recipients of refugees, have so far remained silent on their stance. The governor’s office in Florida said it was still reviewing the issue and Georgia declined to comment.

Approximately 2,500 refugees were resettled in Texas in the 2019 fiscal year, down 70 per cent from 2016, according to State Department data.

The administration has said the consent requirement, signed in September, aimed to ensure receiving communities have the resources to integrate refugees.

But refugee resettlement groups have argued that giving local governors and mayors a veto over whom they accept is unconstitutional and would disrupt the way they work.

Three of the nine national resettlement agencies sued the Trump administration in federal court in an effort to block the order from being implemented.

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