To be clear, when we’re talking about refugees, this does not refer to illegal immigrants. A refugee is “someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution.” The refugees in question under Abbott’s decision are ones who have already been accepted by the federal government, approved to enter the county, and vetted for security concerns by the federal government. All that’s left is for states to accept them.

Texas can more than handle the costs of refugee resettlement, which are inflated by critics who also overlook the benefits refugees bring to a community.