While the Governor of Texas was suing the federal government to keep Syrian Refugees out of Texas, the Austin Mayor met with the Obama administration and planned the intake of Syrian refugees. This meeting occurred after the Texas Governor had announced that the state wouldn’t accept any more Syrian refugees.
Austin, Texas Mayor, Steve Adler, held conferences with the Obama administration officials after the White House reached out to him. Adler went behind the governor’s back to have meetings with the Obama’s administration, and Adler has alway been a proponent of the controversial Syrian resettlements.
According to Judicial Watch, they obtained records of the administration’s behind-the-scenes efforts to keep sending Syrians to Texas despite fierce opposition from state officials over the security threats created by refugees from an Arab nation that’s a terrorist haven.
According to records obtained, this all occurred after Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas will not be accepting any more Syrians.
Texas Governor Abbott filed a lawsuit that said, “Texas accuses the federal government of breaching its legal duty because the state was prevented “from receiving vital information to assess the security risk posed by the refugees in advance of their arrival” and that federal authorities refused “to consult with the state in advance on placement of refugees in Texas.”
The suit was eventually dismissed by a federal judge in Dallas, who ruled that the state didn’t have grounds to sue the federal government.
The state appealed the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals but withdrew it right after a separate appellate court rejected a similar appeal from Indiana.
However, while the legal process concerning the lawsuit was underway, the Obama administration conferred with Austin’s Mayor Adler to assure the Syrian refugees would have a place to land in Texas.
Austin’s mayor since January, 2015, Adler had publicly proclaimed that Syrian refugees would be received in his city of about 900,000 residents and wrote a story in a local newspaper last year titled, “Syrian Refugees are Welcome in Austin.”
Adler also told his constituents in the state’s capital city that, “any Syrian refugee coming to the United States faces the most stringent background checks of anyone entering the country.”
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