Helping people in need
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