In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) introduced this
bill after a lawsuit filed by Texas against the federal government to prevent refugee resettlement within the state was dismissed.
Culberson cited potential security concerns and a willingness to let
states govern themselves as reasons for sponsoring this legislation:
is unbelievable that the power for governors to choose what happens
within their own State has been stripped by the federal government.
Despite the fact that refugees could pose a serious security threat,
governors have no choice but to accept these individuals. Governors have
a responsibility to act in the best interest of their constituents, but
until this legislation passes, their hands have been tied by the
This legislation has five Republican cosponsors in the House.
Of Note: The Office of Refugee Resettlement
has resettled over 3 million refugees since 1975, with more than
three-fourths of them coming from Southeast Asia or the former Soviet
Union. On average, annual refugee admissions have ranged between a low
of 27,100 in 2002 and a high of 207,116 in 1980.
Media:Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Hashoo Foundation USA - Houston, Texas)