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Nearly a week after Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he does not want to allow Syrian refugees into Texas, a group of college students who attend Abbott's church — the University Catholic Center in Austin — posted a simple sign in the church’s vestibule.

A standard sheet of white office paper, it quoted from the Bible, Matthew 25:35, “For I was ... a stranger and you took me in.” The words “Pray for Syrian Refugees” were typed in bold underneath.

A federal judge on Wednesday denied the state’s latest request to keep Syrian refugees out of Texas.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was joined by Gov. Greg Abbott in Washington Tuesday to support his congressional efforts that place a moratorium on resettling refugees in the U.S.  Cruz’s legislation would also give governors the authority to halt the relocation of refugees. Immediately following President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. would continue to take in Syrian refugees following the ISIS-led attacks in Paris, Abbott issued a directive to refugee resettlement groups that they should not accept any more Syrian refugees, asserting that governors are given this authority.

From Texas Standard:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been in Cuba this week talking trade. He arrived in Havana on Monday with a delegation of 25 people to explore business opportunities between the formerly embargoed country and the Lone Star State.

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The Texas Health and Human Service Commission wants to be notified if groups plan to relocate Syrian refugees.