Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Abbott laid out their plan to block Obama’s schemes to resettle Syrian immigrants to Texas.
A local Fox News affiliate describes their plan:
Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz held a joint press conference in Washington, D.C. to introduce the State Refugee Security Act of 2015. They say the act empowers states to ensure the safety and security of its citizens by blocking the resettlement of refugees within its borders.
In a press release, Sen. Cruz says the State Refugee Security Act will amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit the governor of a state to reject the resettlement of a refugee in that state unless there is adequate assurance that the refugee does not present a security risk.
Sen. Cruz’s legislation will require the federal government to notify a state at least 21 days before a refugee is resettled there. Also, it prohibits the resettlement of a refugee in a state if the governor certifies that the federal government has failed to provide adequate assurance that the refugee does not present a security risk to the state.
“This legislation will protect the authority of the states and the authority of the governors to keep their citizens safe. Some 30 governors across the country have stood together with Gov. Abbott – standing together as one saying their obligation is to protect the safety and security of the citizens of Texas and the citizens of each of the states that have elected those governors. Those officials are doing their jobs. I applaud them and Gov. Abbott for honoring their commitments to the men and women who elected them,” Sen. Cruz said. “It is my hope that Congress will take up and pass into law the legislation that I introduced today that gives the governors the ability to opt out if the federal government is not sufficiently vetting refugees.”
I expect this will be pretty popular among Americans, and for the Governors who don’t want to lose control over their states because of the aggressive relocation policies of the federal government.