In direction violation of U.S. federal courts, the Obama Administration has once again disregarded a judge’s directive regarding major immigration issues in Texas. According to Attorney General Ken Paxton, the White House “continues settling Syrian refugees in our neighborhoods and communities under a cloak of secrecy.”
“Last weekend the federal government settled refugees with no advance notice, in complete violation of a court’s directive, and were scheduled to bring more refugees to Texas without providing adequate information about who they are,” AG Paxton said today. “The threat to our communities by foreign terrorists is real. The greater concern is not what we know about these refugees; it’s what we do not know.”
This is not the first time the Obama Administration has either defied or misled a federal court on major immigration issues. In March 2015, the White House confessed that tens of thousands of extended work permits had been issued to unauthorized aliens, in direct contradiction to the facts they presented in U.S. federal court.
The State has intelligence that Obama’s operatives were scheduled to send more Syrian refugees to Texas on Monday, but has yet been “provided adequate information about these individuals, as required by law. The Attorney General’s Office today made a filing highlighting the need for injunctive relief in light of these recent events.”
Last Novemeber, Texas Governor Greg Abbott gave official notice to President Barack Obama that the State of Texas would not be accepting any refugees from Syria in wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris. Gov. Greg Abbott besought the president to stop his tactics of accepting more Syrian refugees in the United States entirely. The governor noted the federal government does not have the background information necessary to effectively conduct proper security checks on Syrian nationals.
“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,” Governor Abbott stated in the letter. “Effective today, I am directing the Texas Health & Human Services Commission’s Refugee Resettlement Program to not participate in the resettlement of any Syrian refugees in the State of Texas. And I urge you, as President, to halt your plans to allow Syrians to be resettled anywhere in the United States.”
“Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity,” Governor Abbott continued. “As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”
“As governor of Texas, I write to inform you that the State of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris,” Abbott began his letter. “Further, I – and millions of Americans – implore you to halt your plans to accept more Syrian refugees in the United States.”
“A Syrian ‘refugee’ appears to have been part of the Paris terror attack,” Abbott revealed. “American humanitarian compassion could be exploited to expose Americans to similar deadly danger. The reasons for such concerns are plentiful.”
Abbott noted that even the FBI director Comey, in Congressional testimony, acknowledged “the federal government does not have the background information that is necessary to effectively conduct proper security checks on Syrian nationals.”
“We can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them,” the FBI director noted.
“The threat posed to Texas by ISIS is very real,” wrote Abbott. “ISIS claimed credit last May when two terrorist gunmen launched an attack in Garland, Texas. Less than two weeks later, the FBI arrested an Iraqi-born man in North Texas and charged him with lying to federal agents about traveling to Syria to fight with ISIS.”
The governor informed Obama that in “2014, when I served as Texas attorney general, we participated in a Joint Terrorism Task Force that arrested two Austin residents for providing material support to terrorists – including ISIS.”
“Given the tragic attack in Paris and the threats we have already seen in Texas, coupled with the FBI director’s acknowledgment that we do not have the information necessary to effectively vet Syrian nationals, 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.”
A timeline of events includes:
Dec. 2, 2015: Texas filed a lawsuit against the federal government to halt the relocation of refugees from Syria in the state because the federal government had not consulted with state authorities in advance of such relocations, in violation of the Refugee Act of 1980. The federal government is directing at least one nonprofit entity tasked with placing the refugees in Texas from disclosing even basic information that would help resolve Texas’s security concerns.
Dec. 7, 2015: A federal district judge directed that the federal government provide the state with advance notice of its intent to settle refugees within the state.
Jan. 6, 2016: Federal authorities arrested two individuals admitted to the United States through the refugee program for activities relating to supporting terrorism.
Jan. 22, 2016 the federal government submitted a filing admitting it resettled refugees in Texas without notifying the court or Texas.