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I share Governor Abbott's concern that relocating refugees to Texas without thorough background reviews compromises our security. Our highest priority as a state has been and should continue to be the safety of all Texans.

My office is in contact with the Department of Homeland Security and the Governor's office about any additional steps that we can take to further protect the people of Texas. I am also asking the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety to debrief with law enforcement to ensure that all appropriate safety protocols are in place.

-Joe Straus