AUSTIN, TEXAS: Texas is threatening legal action against a resettlement agency over its plans to defy Republican Gov. Greg Abbott by continuing to accept Syrian refugees.
Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Chris Traylor says the New York-based nonprofit International Rescue Committee hasnít cooperated with a directive to relocate Syrians somewhere other than Texas. He wants assurances from the group by Monday.
Messages left with the nonprofit, which runs a program in Dallas, were not immediately returned.
The Obama administration reminded state officials last week they donít have the legal authority to refuse to accept Syrian refugees. More than two dozen governors, mostly Republicans, have vowed to block efforts to resettle Syrians following the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.
The letter from Traylor was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.