No, Gov. Greg Abbott Can't Ban Refugees From Texas

Governor Greg Abbott - Via Flickr user Gage Skidmore
Via Flickr user Gage Skidmore
Governor Greg Abbott

Monkey see, monkeys do.

Yesterday, something completely predictable happened. Conservative governors — and one Democrat — from 26 states tried to stand up to President Barack Obama.

And by stand up against the president, I mean attempt to ban refugees from a war-torn Syria from entering their states — the obvious Christian thing to do — in the wake of Obama's plan to welcome more refugees.

But here's the thing, they can't. And in all likelihood, they know this and are just pandering.

Here's an brief explainer (hint, the Constitution) on why these governors cannot ban refugees from Yahoo! Politics

Lavinia Limon, former director of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement under Pres. Bill Clinton, said these governors misunderstand the Constitution.

“It’s really a question of fundamental freedoms,” Limon said. “If you’re legally residing in the United States, you have the right to move wherever you wish to. We could resettle a refugee in New York City today, and tomorrow they could decide to move to Dallas.”

The inflammatory rhetoric comes on the heels of an Islamic State massacre of civilians in Paris.

Obama said earlier this year that the U.S. will accept 10,000 refugees from Syria, just a fraction of the estimated 4 million people displaced by the war in Syria.


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