Texas Eases Back Immediate Call To Block Syrian Refugees From Entering The State

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December 4, 2015 2:01 p.m.

Texas announced Friday it will not block refugees slated to land in the state December 7 from entering, but it still wants the case heard in court.

The state of Texas is suing the federal government and the resettlement agency International Rescue Committee (IRC) for failing to communicate enough in compliance with a 1980 refugee resettlement law. Both IRC and the Department of Justice have been working to resettle two families of refugees in the state and have upheld that they have the right to direct them to Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced in the wake of the Paris attacks that he would keep refugees out until he was convinced they were properly vetted.

Friday afternoon, Texas withdrew its temporary restraining order to keep the refugees from coming next week, but they want an injunction hearing to be held on or before December 9.

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