December 8, 2015

The Cruz anti-refugee scheme

Time - Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in calling for new legislation that would establish a nationwide “moratorium” on the resettlement of any new Syrian refugees and give governors the explicit right to “opt out” of receiving new refugees in their state, the lawmakers said at a press conference Tuesday.

The announcement comes less than a week after Texas announced it would sue the federal government to block the arrival of all new Syrian refugees to the state, and just days after Attorney General Ken Paxton backed down on part of that lawsuit.

On Friday, Paxton said that he had dropped the lawsuit’s demand for an immediate “restraining order” on any new immigrants, a decision that paved the way for the arrival of 21 new Syrian refugees — including a dozen children between the ages of two and 15 — in Houston and Dallas this week.

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