Refugees feel backlash of Texas withdrawl on resettlement program

Families feel anti-refugee sentiment

North Texas agencies say they are scrambling to find more volunteers after governor Greg Abbott’s decision to pull Texas out of the “refugee resettlement” program.

Dallas based DFW International Community Alliance says the demand for volunteers to assist newly relocated families is always high, but director Anne Marie Weiss says she expects that to likely only increase.

"We need more people at every level because people arrive here with nothing,” Weiss said.

DFW International helps provide the basics for the newest North Texans.  Several donations distributed on Sunday are for a family just arrived from Congo and it’s up to volunteers like Neda Shabana to make sure it gets there.

She says she’s not worried about Texans desire to help refugees, despite Abbott's declaration.

“I think we’re Southern at the end of the day and we have a lot of warm people," Shabana said. "We have a lot of people that want to help.”

On Friday, Governor Greg Abbott made good on his earlier promise to remove Texas from the refugee resettlement program, saying the FBI was unable to ensure refugees do not pose a security threat to Texas.

Texas will end its involvement in the distribution of federal funds to assist refugee families on in January 2017.

The federal government will then select a Texas based non-profit to handle the administering of the program.

Texas has received the 4th highest amount of Syrian refugees from October 2015 through August, according to the U.S. State Department, with a total of 547

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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