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February 8, 2016

HOUSTON —  Today, a federal judge again denied the State of Texas’ efforts to block the resettlement of Syrian refugee families in Texas.

The following may be attributed to Rebecca L. Robertson, legal and policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas:

“We are relieved that Judge Godbey has once again denied Texas' attempt to bar an entire group of refugees from resettling in Texas based solely upon their nationality. That kind of discrimination would violate the Constitution, to say nothing of undermining our fundamental Texan values of equality and humanitarian aid to those in need.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Texas, National Immigration Law Center,  Southern Poverty Law Center and Susman Godfrey filed legal response on behalf of the International Rescue Committee in order to prevent the State of Texas from illegally barring Syrian refugees from entering the state.

View Judge Godbey's here.