The Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has stated the state will not accept new refugees under the United States federal government’s resettlement program.
The choice implies Texas will end up being the very first state understood to do so.
Last year United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order allowing states to decide out of the program.
On Friday, Mr Abbott stated Texas had actually done “more than its share in helping the refugee resettlement procedure”.
Refugee companies have actually criticised the relocation, with one calling it “deeply disappointing”.
Texas has big refugee populations in numerous of its major cities. In the 2018 fiscal year, Texas took in 1,697 refugees – more than any other state, but a big drop from 4,768 in the previous.
Validating his decision in a letter to the United States State Department, Mr Abbott argued that the state ought to be focused on “those who are currently here, including refugees, migrants, and the homeless – certainly, all Texans”.
On that basis, Mr Abbott said he “can not consent to preliminary refugee resettlement” in 2020, however added that the choice “does not reject any refugee access” to the United States.
Refugees who are already settled in other states, Mr Abbott said, will be allowed to move to Texas if they pick. However, resettlement agencies say they would not have access to federal resettlement advantages, such as housing.
In September in 2015, President Trump announced that states should actively consent to any resettlement of refugees after June2020
Up until now, the guvs of more than 40 other states have stated they will decide in to the federal government programme.
Mr Trump has actually made reducing migration a key objective of his administration.
The president has actually slashed the number of refugees allowed into the country for the 2020 fiscal year to 18,000 – a record low.
About 30,000 refugees were transplanted in the United States throughout the previous fiscal year.
The previous most affordable admissions figure remained in 2002, after the 9/11 attacks, when about 27,000 refugees were permitted into the United States.
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Considering that taking office in 2017, Mr Trump has actually looked for to reduce the number of immigrants and refugees coming to the country. A controversial travel restriction on mostly Muslim nations is one policy he has actually pursued to do so.
The travel ban impacts nationals from seven countries, five of which are bulk Muslim: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The other two are North Korea and Venezuela.
The Associated Press reports that the Trump administration will seek to expand the travel ban to additional countries, despite being repeatedly warded off by legal challenges.
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