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Texas loses battle with US government to bar Syrian refugees from living in the state

Texas loses battle with US government to bar Syrian refugees from living in the state

Rachael Revesz | Independent

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit from Texas which sought to ban Syrian refugees from the state.

Federal judge David Godbey said that the plaintiff, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, had failed to state a “plausible claim for relief”.

Texas sued the US government and nonprofit organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) in December after it was notified that Dallas was to welcome six refugees - one family - from Syria.

“Today’s decision upholds and affirms America’s proud history in providing refuge for the world’s most vulnerable,” said Jennifer Sime, senior vice president of US programs with the IRC in a statement. ”Refugees are fleeing violence and persecution and want nothing more than to live a safe and peaceful life.”

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