The Texas government last week warned a refugee agency in the state that the group could face legal action if it does not comply with the governor’s order to stop resettling Syrian refugees in Texas, but the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said on Monday that it would continue to aid refugees from Syria.
In a Nov. 25 letter to the Dallas chapter of the International Rescue Committee, Chris Traylor, the executive commissioner of the state Health and Human Services Commission, reminded the group of the governor’s decision earlier in November to stop cooperating with the federal government’s plans to resettle refugees from Syria in Texas.
“We have been unable to achieve cooperation with your agency,” Traylor wrote in the letter, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Specifically, your agency insists on resettling certain refugees from Syria in the near future.”
Traylor wrote that other refugee agencies in the state expressed willingness to cooperate with the Texas government to find alternative options for refugees from Syria, and he threatened legal action against the IRC if the group does not comply with the state’s demands, according to theLos Angeles Times.
“Failure by your organization to cooperate with the state of Texas as required by federal law may result in the termination of your contract with the state and other legal action,” Traylor wrote, asking the committee to respond by Nov. 30.
Read more: Talking Points Memo