AUSTIN -- As refugees from war-torn Syria wait for a new place to call home, the state of Texas is going to federal court to make sure that place isn't here.
While the Obama administration is moving forward with plans to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees in the U.S. -- including Texas -- Governor Abbott is working hard to keep them out.
Wednesday, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission filed a lawsuit against the United States of America. The suit claims the Refugee Act of 1980 requires the feds to "consult regularly" with the states rather than going over their heads.
Hey, suing the United States may seem like an extreme measure, but it's nothing compared to what refugees have to go through to come here.
Anne Marie Weiss-Armush is the president of DFW International and works full-time helping provide for struggling immigrants, "The family that's going to arrive here, hopefully, tomorrow, has been waiting for three years in a refugee camp. They are no threat to us."
Of course, there are some who would disagree, and their voices have been especially loud here in this election year. Candidates like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have made denying refuge to Syrians key parts of their campaigns while folks like Weiss-Armush continue to insist refugees aren't dangerous.
"They only want to come to the U.S., start their lives over, escape the war," she told NewsFix. "I don't fear refugees."
Weiss-Armush says she believes Syrian refugees scheduled to arrive in Dallas this week will be allowed to stay. After that, it could be up to a federal court to decide if the Lone Star State can legally turn away Syria's huddled masses.