Texas says withdrawing from US refugee resettlement program

September 22, 2016 15:09

Texas gave notice on Wednesday that it was withdrawing from participating in the US Office of Refugee Resettlement's program, citing security concerns after failing in federal court to halt the inflow of Syrian refugees into the state.

The Texas State Refugee Coordinator sent a letter to the agency, giving 120 days notice of its intention to withdraw, charging the program was riddled with problems that present security risks, Republican Governor Greg Abbott said.The Office of Refugee Resettlement said in a statement its services to help integrate newcomers into US society are only provided after they complete stringent US security screenings.

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