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Immigration Law

Dallas Federal Judge Quickly Denies Texas' Second Bid to Block Refugees

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 9, 2015 - "A federal judge in Dallas denied a state of Texas request for a second temporary restraining order to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees here.  The move came after Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton made the second request today on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in fresh court filings in Dallas, citing evidence that includes statements that “terrorist organizations have infiltrated the very refugee program that is central to the dispute.”  The judge zeroed in on the issue of irreparable harm in his denial. It reads: “The Commission argues that terrorists could have infiltrated the Syrian refugees and could commit acts of terrorism in Texas. The Court finds that the evidence before it is largely speculative hearsay. “The Commission has failed to show by competent evidence that any terrorists actually have infiltrated the refugee program, much less that these particular refugees are terrorists intent on causing harm…” In Houston, attorney Rebecca Robertson of the ACLU of Texas noted the speed with which U.S. District Judge David Godbey issued his ruling. It came a little more than an hour after the state of Texas requested the second emergency injunction."