Planned Parenthood & Refugees in Texas

Planned Parenthood isn’t in the refugee resettlement business, but the organization may have some advice to offer nonprofits that are. It seems the State of Texas has once again decided to ignore that matters of immigration are expressly the purview of the federal government, not the state:

Texas health commissioner Chris Traylor issued the first lawsuit threat over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in a letter to the Dallas branch of the International Rescue Committee, which said earlier this month that it supports accepting Syrian refugees.

“We have been unable to achieve cooperation with your agency,” Traylor wrote in the letter, which was released to the Houston Chronicle late Sunday, adding that, “Failure by your organization to cooperate with the State of Texas as required by federal law may result in the termination of your contract with the state and other legal action.”

Planned Parenthood has been threatened many times by the state threatening to cut off federal dollars appropriated for family planning and distributed via pass-through grants to states. The health, education, and advocacy organization can advise refugee groups on the legal costs of being targeted by a vindictive state government.

Let’s hope that the refugee organizations won’t become targets for daily protests, but PP can help with that as well.

At what point will Texans say enough? Our state government has slashed access to healthcare for low-income people, is denying birth certificates to infants born in the United States if their parents don’t have the right type of identification, and is now going after refugee agencies.

Who counts as a Texan? Rich white people born to other rich white people? Because my Texas is rather more inclusive than that.

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