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Senator Cruz introduces bill to let states reject refugees

Senator Cruz introduces bill to let states reject refugees

By Alana Wise and Patricia Zengerle for Reuters

Senator Ted Cruz, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016, said on Tuesday that he introduced legislation to give governors the ability to opt out of refugee resettlement programs.

Cruz said that if President Barack Obama wanted to send refugees to any state, his legislation would let its governor refuse to participate, "to conclude that the federal government has not done a sufficient job ensuring that the safety and security of the citizens of the state will be protected."

The comments came at a news conference with Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Cruz's home state of Texas. Abbott was one of the first U.S. governors to seek to block the resettlement of refugees from Syria.

Many Americans have worried that those refugees might include militants allied to the Islamic State. Such fears have intensified since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris and last week's killings in San Bernardino, California.

"We are at a time of war," Cruz said.

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