Despite criticism, Texas becomes first state to reject refugees
Texas has closed its own border, becoming the first state to reject refugees, and also blaming Congress for such a mess they allowed to happen with immigration. Governor Gregg Abbott personally blamed them for creating a "broken federal immigration system."
Abbott took advantage of a Trump offer in which he could bar refugees from entering.
Unfortunately for future refugees, they won't be getting access to Texas, which has been one of the most popular places for refugees to resettle, as per a report in the NY Times.
“Since FY2010 … roughly 10% of all refugees resettled in the United States have been placed in Texas,” Abbott complained. “Texas continues to have to deal with the consequences of an immigration system that Congress has failed to fix.”
Trump issued an executive order in September requiring each state to formally consent to refugee resettlement within their jurisdictions.
The report continued, stating that 40 governors from other states still allow refugees, and that Trump had recently put a limit on the number of refugees allowed in the country at 18,000, for this year.
That's supposedly the lowest number that any president has allowed under the current resettlement program that started 40 years ago in 1980.
It's possible that allowing more refugees does not go along with Trump's "America First" saying, but maybe he didn't want to cut it down to zero. Trump seems to be more interested in having a higher quality person enter the country and contribute to the work force.
Abbott's decision has faced criticism from Democrats and small protests from Democrat voters or those who support allowing more refugees.
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