Houston Matters

Reaction to Texas Pulling Out of the Refugee Resettlement Program

Posted on · Last week (Sept. 30, 2016), Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn’t accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott's statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted […]

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Who Has Authority to Accept or Refuse Refugees?

Posted on · Nine more Syrian refugees are scheduled to arrive here in Houston today, after U.S. District Judge David Godbey Wednesday denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's request for an emergency order blocking them. Paxton submitted then withdrew a similar request last week. The Attorney General's back-and-forth actions are not, of course, the only mixed messages coming […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Refusing Syrian Refugees and John Buice Released: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From governors not wanting to accept Syrian refugees, to the release of John Buice on parole, to a woman wearing a pasta strainer on her head in her driver’s license photo: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts this week includes: Houston Chronicle columnist Kyrie […]