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Urge Texas Governor Abbott: Refugees Are Welcome Here

(DALLAS, TEXAS, 1/13/2020) The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Texas (CAIR Texas) is calling on all Texans to contact state Governor Greg Abbott to express their concerns, disappointment and utter dismay over his decision to turn away new refugees using the authority granted to state and local officials in Executive Order 13888 signed by President Trump on Sept. 26, 2019. Let Abbot know that only by continuing to accept refugees will we live in a State that we are all proud to call home.

On Friday, January 10th, Governor Abbott announced that Texas would be the first state to refuse to receive new refugees starting on June 1st, 2020. 42 states have announced that they will continue to accept and resettle refugees.


"Your decision to not resettle refugees in Texas goes directly against American values, human dignity and morality and even the scriptures of all Abrahamic faiths.

The Statue of Liberty calls to the world: 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.'

This decision is an affront to the welcoming spirit that defines our nation and the values that all Americans hold dear. Our country has welcomed refugees from the earliest years of our history, when French Hugenots fled Dutch persecution to seek refuge.

Since the Refugee Act of 1980, we have accepted hundreds of thousands of individuals fleeing persecution from all over the world. This is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights where world leaders made the commitment not to return people to harm.

Not only have refugees not been a burden to our system, they have brought their talents and skills which builds, enriches and strengthens our communities and our country. Refugees start businesses. They and their children become our teachers, police officers, community leaders and even members of Congress.

To deny the most vulnerable families who have suffered the agony of war, famine and political and social upheaval, and who yearn to rebuild their lives, is of deep concern and must be resisted. This decision is also concerning because it uses fear as a tool to justify inhuman treatment of those most in need.

Again, your decision flies in the face of his own stated religious beliefs. How can any person of faith ignore explicit commandments in all the world’s faiths to welcome the stranger? Texas is a state made stronger by its refugee and immigrant populations. These hard-working individuals come to our nation to rebuild broken lives and to contribute to our society, furthering its success.

Churches, community groups, educators and nonprofit leaders have been serving refugee communities for many years. We do not agree that we as a state lack the capacity to continue to accept and benefit from the contributions that refugees bring.

Only by continuing to accept refugees will we live in a State that we are all proud to call home."

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, 469-290-2909, faizan@cairdfw.org

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