Cruz proposes letting states reject refugees

Ted Cruz,
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas stops to answer a question from member of the media following a news conference with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, about the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

DALLAS (AP) – The day after a family of six Syrian refugees arrived in their state, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced a bill that would give any state the right to reject a refugee for security concerns.

The bill would require the federal government to give 21 days’ notice to any state receiving a refugee. It would also allow the governor of a state to reject any refugee without “adequate assurance” that the refugee doesn’t present a security risk.

Speaking at a news conference with Cruz, Abbott said Tuesday that he and other governors needed more tools to fight the federal refugee resettlement process.

Abbott said he wants to ensure Syrian refugees “who could pose a danger to the people of the state of Texas” will not be allowed in.

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