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Immigration Law

Syrian Refugees to Settle in Dallas; Will Gov. Abbott Use Texas Rangers to Block Them?

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 2, 2015 - "The state of Texas is asking the International Rescue Committee to halt its efforts to accept Syrian refugees in Dallas – some coming as soon as Friday – until the state receives more information from the federal government about upcoming resettlement plans.  Officials with the state Health and Human Services Commission wrote on Tuesday to both the U.S. State Department and the International Rescue Committee in Dallas.  That could escalate the battle over accepting Syrian refugees in Texas – or it could signal a possible end game for Abbott.  Though Texas officials say they have the power in federal law to prevent Syrian refugee resettlement, Obama administration officials counter it would violate federal law to do so. ... The first Syrian family is expected to arrive in Dallas from Jordan on Friday, said the head of a Dallas nonprofit, that assists the foreign-born but isn’t one of the federal contractors.  The family is related to a Syrian refugee who moved to the Dallas-area in February, said Anne Marie Weiss-Armush of the DFW International Community Alliance.  The family of six includes a husband and wife, their 4-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, and the husband’s parents, Weiss-Armush said.  She said there’s no anxiety over the family’s arrival. “We have a Constitution,” she said.  But, Weiss added, “I’m sensing that IRC and the State Department have decided to test the governor’s resolve.  Is he going to send the Rangers to the airport to throw them out in front of TV cameras?”  Texas has become one of the top three states, along with California and Michigan, in Syrian refugee resettlement.  Texas is also one of the nation’s top states for the resettlement of what has been an annual flow of about 70,000 refugees into the U.S."