Statement on Texas State Government’s Announcement to Withdraw from Coordinating Refugee Resettlement

September 21, 2016

Following Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement that the Texas state government would withdraw from coordinating in the refugee resettlement program, Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service issued the following statement:

“CWS is deeply disheartened to learn that Governor Abbott has decided to withdraw the Texas state government from the U.S. resettlement program. Refugees will continue to be welcomed and served in Texas, as local charitable organizations will now coordinate resettlement services. CWS remains committed to working with our local affiliates and community partners during this four month transition and beyond, to ensure there are no gaps in critical services. The Governor’s announcement sends the wrong message about who we are as a country, and our historic values as a people. This decision does not reflect the big-hearted hospitality we see demonstrated across Texas every day. In the wake of the largest global displacement crisis we have seen in this generation—with so many fleeing conflict and in need of a place to call home—we need bolder leadership and greater commitment for refugee resettlement than ever before. ” 

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