No Syrian Refugees in Texas according to Governor Greg Abbott

One of the basic responsibilities of government is to protect us from foreign attack. Thus, the decision of every state governor should be a no-brainer. A Dallas Morning News blog reports, “Gov. Greg Abbott: Texas will not accept any Syrian refugees.”

Texas will not participate in the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attack, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday.

The governor wrote to President Barack Obama to express concerns about the vetting process to resettle refugees in the U.S. Citing the possibility that one of the terrorists in Paris was a Syrian refugee, Abbott said that “American humanitarian compassion could be exploited.”

“Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity,” Abbott, a Republican, wrote. “As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”

Abbott followed Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, both Republicans, in announcing such a policy. The governors — nearly all Republicans — in more than 10 other states did the same on Monday.

Though Abbott said that Texas now “will not accept any refugees from Syria,” the actual implications of his stand remain to be seen.

He said he directed the Texas Health & Human Services Commission’s Refugee Resettlement Program to not partake in the resettlement of any Syrian refugees. But he can’t – and that action wouldn’t – bar a Syrian refugee accepted by the U.S. from settling in Texas, experts said.

Furthermore, in addition to being a security risk, it isn’t clear to me that these migrants are really refugees in dire need of saving.

It seems to me that Ben Carson makes a lot of sense on this issue.