Texas files reply to refugee lawsuit amid terrorist arrest 

6 March 2011, Egyptian Citizens arrive back home on a U.S. Air Force C-130J. This response to the developing humanitarian crisis is part of a broader U.S. government effort to relieve suffering caused by the crisis the in Libya. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens.)


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.

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