Federal judge tosses Texas plan to block Syrian refugees

By WND Staff

Syrian refugees (Photo: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Syrian refugees (Photo: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

A federal judge is blocking attempts by Texas to stop the arrival of Syrian refugees. His ruling, which was signed Wednesday, rejected arguments that the Obama administration is wrongly leaving states on the sidelines when resettling refugees, which is handled by the federal government.

U.S. District Judge David Godbey, a George W. Bush appointee, rejects Republican leaders’ claims that states deserve a say in resettlements or that refugees pose an imminent risk. Godbey had previously chastised Texas for its “largely speculative hearsay” about Muslim extremists infiltrating Syrian refugees.

His decision is approved by Jennifer Sime, senior vice president of U.S. programs with the International Rescue Committee. “Today’s decision upholds and affirms America’s proud history in providing refuge for the world’s most vulnerable,” she stated. Sime helps resettle refugees and was named in the lawsuit.

Texas is one of nearly 30 states suing to ban Syrian refugees. In January, Alabama become the second state to sue the federal government alleging that it has failed to “consult” with state officials while secretly placing foreign refugees into communities.

The lawsuits reference the Obama administration’s violations of the terms of the 1980 Refugee Act, which states the federal government “shall consult regularly” with states before placing refugees.

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Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, also asserts the refugee resettlement strongly violates the Tenth Amendment. “They filed a suit on the grounds that the feds have failed to consult with the state on the location of refugees in the state, and failure to consult is a term that has no real definition to it, he told WND. “Thomas More Law Center’s position is that there is a constitutional claim and that claim is based on the 10th Amendment.”

The U.S. State Department has continued distributing Muslim refugees into more than 180 U.S. cities and towns from numerous nations linked with active jihadist movements.

Judge Godbey’s ruling comes shortly on the heels of Donald Trump’s call to block non-citizen Muslims from entering the U.S. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee told supporters on Wednesday that the United States is taking in thousands of refugees when they “don’t think like us” and we don’t know “who the hell they are.”

States are dealing with massive problems stemming from refugees as well as illegal Muslim immigrants crossing the southern border.

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Recently, New Mexico police apprehended an illegal Middle Eastern woman in possession of regional gas-pipeline plans.

A man who took two co-workers hostage at an Amarillo, Texas, Walmart Tuesday was a Muslim refugee from Somalia. Amarillo is bursting at the seams with foreign refugees from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and its mayor has pleaded repeatedly with the government to stop sending refugees to his city.

The Obama administration says refugee vetting is rigorous and can take up to two years.

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