Help­ing peo­ple in need


Houston Chronicle - - OPINION -

Re­gard­ing “Texas to start re­ject­ing refugees,” (A1, Jan. 11): At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ken Pax­ton has is­sued a non­bind­ing opin­ion that bans Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas from con­tin­ued par­tic­i­pa­tion in the State Em­ployee Char­i­ta­ble Cam­paign (SECC). Gov. Greg Ab­bott has cho­sen to re­ject refugee re­set­tle­ment in the state. Do these men re­ally rep­re­sent the moral fiber of Texas? Marge Moore, Hous­ton

Gov. Ab­bott, we are all im­mi­grants or de­scended from im­mi­grants, un­less you are Na­tive Amer­i­can. Refugees fit in this group and need our help to leave dire cir­cum­stances and re­set­tle in a great state like Texas.

Refugees have con­trib­uted sub­stan­tially to our way of life and our econ­omy. Come to Hous­ton to see the ben­e­fit of the nu­mer­ous Viet­namese refugees and oth­ers who have set­tled here. Our his­tory has waves of refugees com­ing to Amer­ica to es­cape war, famine and other un­liv­able con­di­tions. We have wel­comed them, and they or their chil­dren have be­come cit­i­zens and made our coun­try bet­ter.

Please re­verse your de­ci­sion and open your heart to peo­ple in need. Texas has space for them, and we will be the ones that gain from our hu­man­ity and from their de­sire to re­pay our gen­eros­ity. John Martinez, Hous­ton

I un­der­stand that Texas will be the first state to refuse to ac­cept refugees un­der Pres­i­dent Trump’s new pol­icy al­low­ing states to opt out of the refugee pro­gram. Now I know why I don’t see peo­ple wear­ing the “What Would Je­sus Do?” bracelets any longer. Bar­bara Navarro, Magnolia

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