Joins other states in refusing plan to flood U.S. with 10,000 Muslims
(Fox News) – Texas joined a growing number of states Monday whose governors said they will not accept any refugees from Syria.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that Texas would not accept refugees from the war-torn country due to the terror attacks last Friday in Paris.
“Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees – any one of whom could be connected to terrorism – being resettled in Texas,” Abbott said in a release.
Abbott said the U.S. government does not have access to the proper background information to conduct security checks on Syrian refugees.
“Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity,” Abbott said. “As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”
Governors in Alabama and Michigan announced over the weekend they did not want any refugees from Syria, as well.
President Barack Obama on Monday said the U.S. needed to step up and do its part to help the refugees and slammed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republicans for suggesting that only Christian refugees be admitted to the United States.
“They are parents, they are children, they are orphans,” President Obama said on Monday. “It is very important … that we do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with terrorism.”