Follow live: House Human Services Committee hearing on Syrian refugee resettlement

The House Human Services Committee is holding a hearing this morning to receive an update on Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive to Health and Human Services Commission Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw regarding Syrian refugee resettlement.

Chairman Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo,has said he is trying to gather facts, and will also hear from Catholic Charities, which is among the agencies doing refugee resettlement work in Texas.

Last month, Gov. Greg Abbott wrote President Obama that Texas wouldn’t be accepting Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks and instructed the state’s Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of Public Safety to “use your full authority to comply with this direction.”

In the meantime, Refugee Services of Texas in Houston and the International Rescue Committee in Dallas have moved ahead with resettling Syrian refugee families in Texas.

This morning’s hearing can be viewed on-line at http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/.

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