Texas governor Greg Abbott does some funny things from time to time.
Back in the summer, when Washington and The Pentagon were set to roll out a covert plan to re-annex the Lone Star State by, i) placing US spec ops among civilians, ii) declaring martial law, and iii) confiscating everyone’s guns, Abbott probably saved Texas from having to be a part of the United States by calling up the state guard to monitor the “exercises.”
“To address concerns that Texas citizens and to ensure that Texas communities remain safe, secure, and informed about military procedures occurring in their vicinity, I am directing the state guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15.”
Phew. That was close.
Well, having successfully backed down the Green Berets and Navy SEALs, Abbott is prepared to take on a new adversary: ISIS. Or actually, Syrian refugees. Who are all ISIS members. Just look at Paris. You saw the passport.
On Monday, Abbott penned a letter to The President informing him that in light of what happened in France on Friday evening, Texas would not be participating in any program that resettles Syrian refugees in his state.
This is from the state’s official website:
Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to President Barack Obama informing him that the State of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris. Furthermore, Governor Abbott implored President Obama to halt his plans to accept more Syrian refugees in the United States entirely, as the federal government does not have the background information necessary to effectively conduct proper security checks on Syrian nationals.
"Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees - any one of whom could be connected to terrorism - being resettled in Texas," Governor Abbott said in the letter. "Effective today, I am directing the Texas Health & Human Services Commission's Refugee Resettlement Program to not participate in the resettlement of any Syrian refugees in the State of Texas.
And I urge you, as President, to halt your plans to allow Syrians to be resettled anywhere in the United States."
"Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity," Governor Abbott continued. "As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril."
That’s right. No need to put Americans in any more "peril" than they're already in by say, attending class at a community college, going to Sunday school, or going to a movie.
To be fair to Abbott, Texas isn't the only state to refuse Syrian migrants. Abbott joins his counterparts in Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, and Michigain is declining to participate. Here's The Hill:
Six Republican governors have announced that Syrian refugees won't be allowed to resettle in their states in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley issued statements Sunday saying that they wanted to prioritize the safety of the residents in their states. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a GOP presidential candidate; Arkansas Gov. Gov. Asa Hutchinson; and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joined them on Monday.
"Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration," Snyder said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents."
“The acts of terror committed over the weekend are a tragic reminder to the world that evil exists and takes the form of terrorists who seek to destroy the basic freedoms we will always fight to preserve," Bentley said in his statement.
"I will not place Alabamians at even the slightest, possible risk of an attack on our people," he added.
"The Louisiana State Police, upon receiving information of a Syrian refugee already relocated within the State of Louisiana, are authorized and directed to utilize all lawful means to monitor and avert threats within the State of Louisiana," he added.
"As Governor I will oppose Syrian refugees being relocated to Arkansas," Hutchinson tweeted.
"Indiana has a long tradition of opening our arms and homes to refugees from around the world but, as governor, my first responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of all Hoosiers," Pence wrote in a statement. "Unless and until the state of Indiana receives assurances that proper security measures are in place, this policy will remain in full force and effect.”
As a reminder here's the map of the 2015 "Reception and Placement Program":
Of course let's be honest Mr. Abbott, it's not like no one is watching The Loan Star State's back...