Texas governor threatens to stop aid for resettled refugees

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Texas has told federal officials the state will no longer provide aid to refugees over what Republican leaders say are security concerns.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday the state will withdrawal from the federally funded refugee resettlement program unless demands for refugee screening are "unconditionally" met by Sept. 30.

A judge has previously rejected Texas' efforts to halt the arrival of new refugees from Syria in the wake of November's deadly attacks in Paris.

A state health spokeswoman says Texas now intends to stop facilitating refugee services and benefits that are covered by federal dollars.

The White House announced earlier this month that the U.S. will strive to take in 110,000 refugees from around the world in 2017.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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