Governor Abbott Announces State Refugee Security Act With Senator Ted Cruz

December 8, 2015 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to announce the State Refugee Security Act, which gives states and governors the tools to address the challenges posed by refugee resettlement from countries inhabited by terrorist organizations.

“America is a charitable nation. But we cannot allow charity for some to compromise security for all,” said Governor Abbott. “Congress intended to give states a substantial role in the refugee resettlement process. The federal government and resettlement agencies have sidestepped that role. My top priority as Governor is to keep Texas citizens safe and this legislation helps me do that.”

Watch the press conference.