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Omar Takes On Texas Governor Over State Policy Decision

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted her response to Texas’ decision to decline any further refugees during the 2020 fiscal year.

After the news broke, Omar tweeted the words carved into the Statue of Liberty pedestal:

“With silent lips. ‘Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,’” Omar quoted.

She then wrote, “These are the words that welcomed me and millions of refugees. I still believe in those values. We shall overcome.”

Omar, however, did not address the issues that Texas governor Gregg Abbot cited when he announced the state’s new policy.

As UJHLive previously reported, thanks to a recently signed executive order, the Lone Star state will be the first state to officially decline any further refugees in the 2020 fiscal year.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Abbott said he “cannot consent to initial refugee resettlement” in 2020.

"This decision does not deny any refugee access to the United States. Nor does it preclude a refugee from later coming to Texas after initially settling in another state," Abbott wrote.

But, Abbott wrote, Texas can’t accept additional refugees this year because Congress has left the state “to deal with disproportionate migration issues resulting from a broken federal immigration system.”

“Texas continues to have to deal with the consequences of an immigration system that Congress has failed to fix,” Abbott said. “At this time, the state and non-profit organizations have a responsibility to dedicate available resources to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants, and the homeless — indeed, all Texans.”

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