The Obama administration is doing its level best to turn Texas blue on his way out of office, despite the governor’s withdrawal from the program and the incoming administration’s strong stance against illegal immigration, unvetted refugee resettlement, and non-citizen threats to American jobs. Such a move is right up Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s alley. After all, he’s not a native born Texan. He was born in Washington D.C. and educated at Princeton. He doesn’t share the values of most Texans in this solidly red state.
By Terri Hall l January 10, 2017
Liberal mayors are a growing problem in a country where the landscape turned decidedly red in the last election. Revelations from documents obtained by Judicial Watch show President Obama went behind the back of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to collude with the progressive Austin Mayor Steve Adler to continue to accept Syrian refugees despite the Governor announcing the state is pulling out of the federal refugee program in January.
Adler’s liberal rap sheet is long and extensive. On his watch just since he took office in 2014, he’s managed to kick Uber and Lyft out of Austin, effectively kill Airbnb home rentals, and pass a $720 million bond that’s a mere down payment on his social engineering in the arena of transportation that seeks to convert existing auto lanes into bus-only and bike-only lanes , declaring a war on cars. Oh, and Austin is a sanctuary city in violation of federal law.
So it comes as no surprise that this mayor is undermining a Republican governor who pulled out of the federal refugee resettlement program because the federal government could not assure the state that refugees were not a security threat to Texans. Such a move is right up Adler’s alley. After all, he’s not a native born Texan. He was born in Washington D.C. and educated at Princeton. He doesn’t share the values of most Texans in this solidly red state, and he seems to particularly enjoy thumbing Texans in the eye as he seeks to transform his city into a liberal cauldron of social experimentation. ‘Take that!’
Texas is the number one state for refugee resettlement as of 2011. It’s also the number one state receiving Syrian refugees, a known terrorist nation. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence admits Syrians with terrorist ties have attempted to infiltrate the United States through the Obama refugee resettlement program. Over 12,000 Syrians have been resettled here, the majority in Texas. The FBI also confirms the U.S. has no system to properly assess the security threat of such refugees. Two of the terrorists responsible for last year’s deadly Paris attack entered Europe through Greece claiming to be Syrian refugees.
Every state is required to hire a state director to coordinate the resettlement of refugees at taxpayer expense. States are also required to provide language translation services, medical care, cash assistance, employment and placement services, education, language instruction, housing — the whole gamut.
Not only do Texas and other states have to worry about liberal mayors going behind the backs of their governors to accept refugees just as they do with sanctuary cities, they also have to worry about the federal government’s other tactics to continue operating in their states, similar to the federal civil asset forfeiture ‘equitable sharing’ program that undermines states who ban the practice. The feds have a way to do an end run around states that don’t directly administer the program. The feds can declare a state part of the Wilson-Fish Program for refugee resettlement and simply hire a private contractor to administer the program inside the state anyway. As of November 30, 2016, Texas is still the top state for receiving refugees.
The Obama administration is doing its level best to turn Texas blue on his way out of office, despite the governor’s withdrawal from the program and the incoming administration’s strong stance against illegal immigration, unvetted refugee resettlement, and non-citizen threats to American jobs.
Terri Hall is the founder of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF), which defends against eminent domain abuse and promotes non-toll transportation solutions. She’s a home school mother of ten turned citizen activist. Ms. Hall is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis of the conservative-online-journalism center at the Washington-based Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research.