Texas Gov. Greg Abbott notified Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week that his state will no longer accept any more refugees – a decision that has roiled some Catholic bishops.
Abbott told Pompeo that “the state and nonprofit organizations have a responsibility to dedicate available resources to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants and the homeless – indeed, all Texans.”
The Associated Press reports that Texas has taken in an estimated 88,300 refugees since FY 2002, according to the Pew Research Center, second only to California.
The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops issued a statement on Friday, saying the governor’s decision “is deeply discouraging and disheartening.”
“While the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops respects the governor, this decision is simply misguided. It denies people who are fleeing persecution, including religious persecution, from being able to bring their gifts and talents to our state and contribute to the general common good of all Texans,” the group said in a statement. ….
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