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Texas Mayors to Governor: More Refugees, Please

Governor Greg Abbott says that Texas can’t afford to take in more refugees and other new arrivals. Mayors and resettlement experts say otherwise.
A young girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo awaits resettlement in a gym in Portland, Maine, in 2019.
A young girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo awaits resettlement in a gym in Portland, Maine, in 2019.Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

When Texas Governor Greg Abbott told the Trump administration that his state wouldn’t be taking in any more refugees, he made a striking claim: Texas is full.

“Texas carried more than its share in assisting the refugee resettlement process and appreciates that other states are available to help with these efforts,” reads the governor’s January 10 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.