Senator Hall Joins with Governor Abbott in Stance on Refugee’s
(Canton, TX) – Senator Bob Hall, Senate District 2, has publicly joined with Governor Abbott in declaring Texas will refuse to accept new Syrian refugees. After all, we do not have the ability to run a refugee’s social security or finger prints through a database to vet them. “I strongly believe it is irresponsible to accept any Syrian refugees into Texas until we have assurance these are people in need of refuge, not terrorist,” said Hall. “Posing as refugees has become the modern day Trojan Horse for terrorist,” he continued.
Senator Hall has suggested to Governor Abbott an Interstate Compact among the states that would give governors a tool to administer authority over refugee resettlement programs. This would end the dispute of state vs. federal authority to oversee refugee resettlement. Specifically, an Interstate Compact for Refugee Resettlement Management in the United States would give states the ability to manage refugee resettlement programs within their state borders. This proposed compact solution is in line with existing interstate compacts dealing with tracking and resettlement.
Interstate compacts are constitutionally sound mechanisms, which allow sovereign states to cooperate in order to solve difficult issues with a minimum of federal interference. Creating an Interstate Compact for Refugee Resettlement would give all participating Governors solid constitutional authority to supervise the entrance and stay of refugees receiving taxpayer subsidies.