(DALLAS, TEXAS, 1/13/2020) – Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, The Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ), Mar’uf Immigration Services, The Muslim American Society Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (MAS-PACE), the Red Handed Warrior Society (Native American), Faith in Texas, The League of United Latin American Citizens, The Dallas Peace and Justice Center, North Texas Dream Team, and the Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Dallas Fort-Texas (CAIR-DFW) --are expressing outrage at Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to turn away new refugees using the authority granted to state and local officials in Executive Order 13888 signed by President Trump on Sept. 26, 2019.
On Friday, January 10th, Governor Abbott announced that Texas would be the first state to refuse to receive new refugees starting on June 1st, 2020. 42 states have announced that they will continue to accept and resettle refugees.
SEE: Texas's Largest Newspapers Blast Governor for Rejecting Refugees Under Trump Order
In a Statement, the Coalition states unequivocally that...
“Governor Abbott’s decision to not resettle refugees in Texas goes directly against American values, human dignity and morality and even the scriptures of all Abrahamic faiths.
The Statue of Liberty calls to the world: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’ The governor’s decision is an affront to the welcoming spirit that defines our nation and the values that all Americans hold dear. Our country has welcomed refugees from the earliest years of our history, when French Hugenots fled Dutch persecution to seek refuge. Since the Refugee Act of 1980, we have accepted hundreds of thousands of individuals fleeing persecution from all over the world. This is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights where world leaders made the commitment not to return people to harm.
Not only have refugees not been a burden to our system, they have brought their talents and skills which builds, enriches and strengthens our communities and our country. Refugees start businesses. They and their children become our teachers, police officers, community leaders and even members of Congress.
“To deny the most vulnerable families who have suffered the agony of war, famine and political and social upheaval, and who yearn to rebuild their lives, is of deep concern and must be resisted. This decision is also concerning because it uses fear as a tool to justify inhuman treatment of those most in need.
“Governor Abbott’s decision flies in the face of his own stated religious beliefs. How can any person of faith ignore explicit commandments in all the world’s faiths to welcome the stranger? Texas is a state made stronger by its refugee and immigrant populations. These hard-working individuals come to our nation to rebuild broken lives and to contribute to our society, furthering its success.
“Churches, community groups, educators and nonprofit leaders have been serving refugee communities for many years. We do not agree that we as a state lack the capacity to continue to accept and benefit from the contributions that refugees bring.
“We call on all Texans to contact Governor Abbott and express your concerns, disappointment and utter dismay. Only by continuing to accept refugees will we live in a State that we are all proud to call home.”
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:
CONTACT GOVERNOR ABBOTT: call, (512) 463-2000.
Amplify on Social Media:
- @GovAbbott: I’m a Texan and I welcome refugees. Why are you preventing Texas communities from welcoming refugees? #RefugeesWelcome (click to tweet: https://ctt.ac/4fgz3)
- Texan communities, faith leaders, and businesspeople have all said YES to refugees. @GovAbbott: Please don’t stop us from welcoming the stranger. #RefugeesWelcomeTX (click to tweet: https://ctt.ac/27drf)
Sign the Petition: Tell Governor Abbott That Texas Welcomes Refugees
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.