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Abbott: Government 'Importing Danger' With Syrian Refugees

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By    |   Wednesday, 09 Dec 2015 02:07 PM

A proposed bill to allow states to opt out of resettling refugees from Syria is necessary because it is too difficult for federal agencies to screen out terrorists and the government is "importing danger" along with them, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday.

"We need this because governors have the ultimate responsibility of keeping safe the citizens in their state," Abbott told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "The way the federal government is operating the refugee resettlement program, it ties the hands of the governors to achieve that goal of keeping our people safe."

Two dozen refugees, including three children, have come into Texas despite efforts by the state to prevent them from resettling there, which include a lawsuit it filed last week in federal court to bar them entry.

Abbott appeared in Washington on Tuesday with GOP candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to announce a bill Cruz has introduced concerning the refugees. But, Abbott told show host Bill Hemmer on Wednesday that he disagrees with Cruz's rival, Donald Trump, on his call to ban entry for all Muslims seeking to come to the United States.

"The real enemy is radical Islamic terrorists," said Abbott. "We have the ability to focus our sights on that group. We need to go after those posing a danger in this country. It's easy to do that by targeting countries like Syria where we have information the terrorists are trying to use the refugee system to gain access to the United States. That's where we need to apply our resources."

Abbott, though, thinks Cruz's bill has a good chance of passing.

"When you see the robust way the U.S. House of Representatives has been passing these laws, whether they concern advice as or other issues, the House is showing they are stepping up and protecting the safety of the American people," Abbott said. "We need the Senate to robustly pass these laws and get them to the president's desk and the president has the ultimate responsibility to protect his fellow Americans."

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A proposed bill to allow states to opt out of resettling refugees from Syria is necessary because it is too difficult for federal agencies to screen out terrorists and the government is "importing danger" along with them, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday.
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