Paxton’s latest Syrian refugee brief

A bit of a reach, if you ask me.

In response to the recent arrest of an Iraqi refugee who is facing charges of attempting to help the Islamic State, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a new court document Friday in a renewed effort to keep some refugees from being resettled in Texas.

Paxton’s brief came a week after the indictment of Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, who came to Houston from Iraq in 2009. He was indicted on three charges, including attempting to provide support to a designated terrorist organization. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges during a court appearance on Wednesday.

The recent arrest in Houston illustrates “the type of security risk to our schools and our communities that we must prevent,” Paxton said in a news release, noting that Texas resettles more refugees than any other state.

“(T)here is a significant difference between refugees and terrorists posing as refugees to infiltrate America and cause mass devastation,” he said. “The safety and security of Texans must always come first.”

The brief seeks to ensure Texas can get needed information to protect its citizens, Paxton said.

See here and here for the background, and here for a copy of the brief. Not clear to me what the one has to do with the other here, but I guess Paxton’s gonna do what Paxton’s gonna do. Still no word about when we will get a hearing to determine the final outcome on the injunction request, but one hopes it will be soon. Trail Blazers has more.

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One Response to Paxton’s latest Syrian refugee brief

  1. Paul Kubosh says:

    “The safety and security of Texans must always come first.”

    No more fantasy football. Deport all people who play Fan duel and/or draft kings.

    Sighhh, so much for reduced government.

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