Greg Abbott

On 37-Mile March Over Three Days, Immigrants Slam Abbott

Nov 20, 2015

TAYLOR — Carrying placards, chanting in Spanish and calling for a halt to deportations of people without work papers, a few dozen immigrants and activists kicked off a 37-mile “pilgrimage” Thursday from a federal detention facility to the Texas Governor’s Mansion. 

Texas has instructed volunteer organizations that settle international refugees statewide to immediately stop helping Syrians - even though it may not have the authority to do so.

Michigan's Rick Snyder was the first governor to urge a pause in admitting Syrian refugees into the United States. He triggered a national debate about refugee resettlement, and insists now that he only wants answers. The Republican has described himself as "the most pro-immigration governor in the country," but he argues the caution he wants the U.S. to show doesn't conflict with the compassion thinks should be shown to refugees.

Ryan E. Poppe

 

 

 

 

  In a letter sent Tuesday, Gov. Abbott asked  Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw to work with federal and local law enforcement to ensure that more than 200 Syrian refugees already living in Texas do not pose a public safety risk. 

 

The Governor’s office says Public Safety officials will decide how that will be done.  But during an impromptu interview at the capitol, McCraw declined to provide details. 

 

Gov. Greg Abbott has sent a letter to President Obama saying Texas is closed to Syrian refugees. 

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