June 16, 2016

DALLAS — A federal court has dismissed Texas’ effort to block the federal government and a nonprofit relief organization from resettling Syrian refugees in the state. The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the International Rescue Committee in this case.

Cecillia Wang, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and lead counsel for the International Rescue Committee, had this response to today's ruling:

“The court has tossed Texas’ case out of court and held that there is no legal merit to the state’s claims. This ruling is a strong rebuke of efforts to block refugee resettlement. It sends the clear message to other states that such attempts are not only un-American, they are contrary to the law and will fail in court.”

The decision is at: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/texas-health-and-human-services-commission-v-united-states-america-order-6-16

More information is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/texas-health-and-human-services-commission-v-united-states-america

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