The governor’s decision makes no sense from a practical perspective, and ultimately, it can’t be explained as a policy choice at all.
Six stories of refugees resettled in Houston.
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They have fled war-torn countries, given up livelihoods, and left behind possessions and family for the safety of a foreign world of cowboy hats and Walmarts. But the refugees who land in Amarillo’s Astoria Park have an ally who understands their confusion and loss: a 64-year-old former teacher named Miss Evelyn.
Despite the governor’s rhetoric, welcoming refugees is the Texas thing to do.
More specifically, Houston might be not be a world-class medical center, Austin might not be the Live Music Capital of the World, and the Aggies might not have that recent Heisman Trophy-winning alum.
According to the governor, local mayors aren’t allowed to ban firearms in their city halls, and religious charities can only help people he approves of.