The Texas Attorney General’s Office filed a reply last week to the lawsuit over the refugee process on
the heels of the Iraqi refugee arrested in Houston earlier this month. The suspect was arrested for
materially supporting terrorists.
“The recent arrest of an Iraqi refugee in Houston for attempting to provide material support to terrorists
is exactly the type of security risk to our schools and our communities that we must prevent,” Attorney
General Ken Paxton said. “Texas resettles, and welcomes with open arms, more refugees than any
other state. But there is a significant difference between refugees and terrorists posing as refugees to
infiltrate America and cause mass devastation. The safety and security of Texans must always come
Texas accepts roughly 10 percent of the refugees resettled in the United States by partnering with local
volunteer agencies to help refugees transition to the State and pay associated costs.