Ted Cruz is getting help from Texas Governor Greg Abbott at rallying support for his new bill which would allow states the ability to refuse refugees. The law is a response the Obama administration’s refusal to acknowledge the security concerns of governors over refugees from Syria. The Texas Governor and GOP presidential candidate held a press conference on the matter outside the Capitol.
Ted Cruz’s website writes:
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€” On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference in the U.S. Capitol, calling for passage of Sen. Cruzâ€™s State Refugee Security Act of 2015 (S. 2363), which would empower the states to ensure the safety and security of their citizens by blocking the resettlement of refugees within their borders.
â€œWe are today at a time of war. Weâ€™ve seen the attacks in Paris. Weâ€™ve seen the attack in San Bernardino. ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on America, even if President Obama refuses to admit it,â€ Sen. Cruz said.
Cruz continued: â€œThis legislation will protect the authority of the states and the authority of the governors to keep their citizens safe. Some 30 governors across the country have stood together with Gov. Abbott â€“ standing together as one saying their obligation is to protect the safety and security of the citizens of Texas and the citizens of each of the states that have elected those governors. Those officials are doing their jobs. I applaud them and Gov. Abbott for honoring their commitments to the men and women who elected them. It is my hope that Congress will take up and pass into law the legislation that I introduced today that gives the governors the ability to opt out if the federal government is not sufficiently vetting refugees.â€