Two Texas legislators introduced a bill aimed to allow governors to deny the federal government the ability to resettle refugees in their states, the Washington Examiner reported.

Senator Ted Cruz and Houston-area Rep. Ted Poe drafted the State Refugee Security Act in response to actions by the Obama administration that allowed the federal government to send refugees to various states without their consent.

Former President Barack Obama settled refugees in several states without adequate vetting of the individuals, Poe said.


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"Congress should empower states to protect their citizens," he said.

In introducing the legislation, Cruz praised President Trump for pledging a tough fight against terrorism and said the bill would be another step toward keeping the country secure.

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