Jan 10, 2020

Texas becomes first state to refuse refugees

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks with President Trump. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on Friday that the state will not accept any refugees this year, AP reports.

Why it matters: Abbott is the first governor to take President Trump up on his executive order allowing state and local governments to block refugee resettlements. Other Republican governors have publicly welcomed refugees. In 2019, Texas received more refugees than any other state.

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Federal judge temporarily stops states from denying refugees

President Trump. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday, temporarily blocking President Trump’s executive order which allowed state and local governments to refuse accepting refugee resettlements.

Why it matters: A week earlier, Texas became the first state to say it would not accept refugees. More refugees resettled in the state last year than any other.

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Republican governors reject Trump’s offer to ban refugees

Reproduced from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service; Cartogram: Axios Visuals

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is the only Republican governor so far to stop accepting refugees following President Trump’s executive order that allows state and local governments to block refugee resettlements.

The big picture: While Republicans widely support Trump’s restrictive immigration policies, local and state officials in many states have been unwilling to push out those who have been forced from their homes and gone through stringent vetting processes required to become a U.S. refugee.

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Republican Joe Walsh ends presidential campaign

Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh announced he is ending his longshot campaign to beat President Trump in the 2020 Republican primaries during an interview with CNN on Friday morning.

What Walsh is saying: "I am ending my candidacy for President of the United States. Look, I got into this because I thought it was really important that there was a Republican, a Republican out there every day calling out this president for how unfit he is. I want to stop Trump. I believe he is a threat to the county. He can't be stopped within the Republican party...It's not a party. It's a cult."