Texas Governor Greg Abbott gestures during a meeting with Cuba's Foreign Trade minister Rodrigo Malmierca, in Havana on December 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL-DESMOND BOYLAN
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The U.S. government and an international humanitarian organization asked a federal judge Friday to reject attempts by Texas to block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state.According to the court filings, 12 Syrian refugees bound for Texas arrived in New York on Thursday and Friday. They were scheduled to stay there until Monday, when federal officials planned to transport them to Texas. The federal government insists refugee vetting is thorough and can take up to two years.Texas is the first U.S. state to ask a federal court to block the arrival of Syrian refugees following the Paris attacks last month, and its lawsuit comes two weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott ordered resettlement organizations in Texas to stop accepting Syrian refugees due to security concerns.
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