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State appeals dismissal of anti-refugee lawsuit

Because of course it does.

Texas is appealing the dismissal of its lawsuit against the federal government and a refugee resettlement agency over the placement of Syrian refugees in the state.

In a notice dated Aug. 12, Texas alerted the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that it would appeal a June decision by Dallas-based U.S. District Judge David Godbey, who ruled the state did not have grounds to sue the federal government over the placement of refugees in Texas and that the state failed to provide a “plausible claim” that a refugee resettlement nonprofit breached its contract.

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In his dismissal of the case in June, Godbey reiterated that the state “lacks a cause of action” to enforce that consultation requirement.

The U.S. Department of Justice declined to comment on the case.

In a statement, Jennifer Sime, a senior vice president with the International Rescue Committee, said the group is confident the court will again rule against the state.

“We’re disappointed that some Texas officials are wasting time and resources to re-litigate what a judge has already deemed to be unwarranted action to block Syrian refugees from entering the state,” Sime said.

See here for the background, and here for a copy of the appeal. Not really much to add here – I stand by all the things I’ve said before in this case. And I continue to utterly fail to comprehend the lack of compassion from our elected leaders. The Current has more.

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