The Syrian Refugee Crisis Inspires a Senate Bill & a New Song

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DALLAS -- At least six new refugees from Syria are now calling North Dallas home. While the U.S. government has pledged to help tens of thousands of Syrian refugees relocate into the land of the free, Texas Governor Abbott is still fighting to keep them out of the Lone Star State.

"America is a charitable nation," Abbott said Tuesday. "But we cannot allow charity for some to compromise the safety for all."

The governor was joined by Senator Ted Cruz who introduced a Senate bill that would give every governor the power to "reject the resettlement of a refugee in that state."

It's a power states don't currently have, which is why resettlement is continuing despite protests by many states whose government leaders don't trust the two-year vetting process refugees have to go through.

"We should not be bringing in refugees when our own FBI tells us we cannot ascertain whether or not they are ISIS terrorists," Cruz said.

But not everyone in Texas is against letting refugees live here. When Bev Brown returned to her Richardson home recently, after volunteering with her son at a refugee camp in the Middle East, she told her husband Rick about the experience.

"Their stories were so inspiring," Rick told NewsFix. "The heartache, and yet hope."

So, Rick wrote a song called "For the Refugee," and folks from his church took it from there.

"Where everything else seems to be about how we should be so afraid of what's going on, the song talked about how we can have hope," said audio engineer Josh Miller.

Now the song -- performed by Emily Huffaker, a senior at Lucas Christian Academy -- will be for sale on iTunes with proceeds going to groups trying to help the refugees.

"These are people," Brown said. "They're not political footballs to be punted from one border to another."

It's a message the Browns hope Texans take to heart as we meet our new neighbors from Syria.

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