Texas again seeks order to block entry of Syrian refugees

December 9, 2015 23:54

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas filed papers in federal court on Wednesday seeking to block the imminent entry into the state of nine Syrian refugees, saying the US government has not met its legal obligation to consult with local officials about the resettlement.

This is the second attempt by Texas to seek a restraining order to halt the refugees and comes as US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump touched off a global firestorm by saying Muslims should be denied entry into the United States.

A previous attempt was dropped last week by Texas, one of about 30 states seeking to halt resettlements. The move came hours after the US Justice Department filed a brief at the US District Court in Dallas saying the federal government and not the states set US policy on immigration.

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