Gov. Abbott on Ohio State Rampage: 'I Predicted' Attack Like This Would Happen
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appeared on "Fox & Friends" this morning in the aftermath of Monday's attack on the campus of Ohio State University, which left 11 people injured.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born student at Ohio State, allegedly drove his car over a curb into a group of bystanders and then began stabbing people with a butcher knife. He was shot dead by a campus police officer, according to authorities.
Police are investigating whether the incident was an act of terrorism.
"It was this very issue that caused me as the governor of Texas to withdraw Texas from the refugee relocation process," Abbott said. "I predicted this was going to happen."
Abbott said Artan, who was a legal permanent resident of the U.S., entered the country as a refugee through Dallas. He also mentioned another potential attack involving his state earlier this year when authorities arrested a suspect accused of plotting to blow up a mall in Houston.
"Because I knew that refugees were coming in from terrorist-based countries posing problems like this, I could not be an accomplice to importing terrorism into the United States of America ... The predictability is that when refugees come in from terrorist-based nations, there's a higher probability something like this could happen," Abbott said.
Abbott then discussed his position to ban sanctuary cities, which are cities that have adopted policies to protect undocumented immigrants solely for violating federal immigration laws.
President-elect Donald Trump has condemned sanctuary cities, while President Barack Obama has been a supporter. Abbott said Texas has withheld funds to cities declaring themselves to be sanctuary cities.
"With President Obama, it's been like us governors pushing a big boulder up a steep hill," Abbott said. "Now we're on a level playing field where we have a president who believes in enforcing the rule of law in this country, so our job is going to be easier. However, we know the states are able to act more quickly than the federal government, so we're still going to move post haste to get this law passed."
The issue of the status of sanctuary cities will be ruled upon at Texas' next legislative session, according to Abbott.
Watch the interview above.