Gov. Abbott says Texas will refuse new Syrian refugees

In this Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 photo, Syrian refugees pass time in Aksaray neighbourhood in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Texas (KXAN) — Two months ago, President Obama said the U.S. would take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees. However, since the attacks in Paris, the governors of Texas, Alabama and Michigan are now saying they will not allow refugees in their states.

Governor Greg Abbott said in a letter to President Obama that Texas will not take in any new Syrian refugees. Currently Texas has more Syrian refugees than any other state in the country.

“Effective today, I am directing the Texas Health & Human Services Commission’s Refugee Resettlement Program to not participate in the resettlement of any Syrian refugees in the State of Texas. And I urge you, as President, to halt your plans to allow Syrians to be resettled anywhere in the United States,” said Abbott in a statement.

For now, two local groups are preparing to help Syrian refugees move to Austin. “Refugees Services of Texas” and “Caritas of Austin” have helped about 35 Syrians settle in Central Texas so far.

Earlier this month a Syrian family moved to Austin to escape the country’s civil war. It took them 25 days to cross the border into Jordan where they spent 2-and-a-half years before finally making it to America.

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