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Since our nation's earliest days, newcomers to America's shores have found freedom, refuge, and opportunity, and still today Texans hold in our hearts the millions of people worldwide seeking a safe place to call home.

Here in Texas, the Health and Human Services Commission administers federally funded refugee assistance through the Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs Program (OIRA). The goal of the program is to help participants become self-sufficient as soon as possible...

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Since our nation's earliest days, newcomers to America's shores have found freedom, refuge, and opportunity, and still today Texans hold in our hearts the millions of people worldwide seeking a safe place to call home.

Here in Texas, the Health and Human Services Commission administers federally funded refugee assistance through the Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs Program (OIRA). The goal of the program is to help participants become self-sufficient as soon as possible after their arrival in the United States. The strategy to meet this goal is to provide cash, medical and social services to refugees to supplement and enhance initial refugee resettlement and placement in Texas.

Refugees are persons living outside their country of origin who cannot return to their homes due to fear of persecution based on their race, religion, or membership in a particular social/political group. At the beginning of each federal fiscal year, the President - in coordination with the Department of State and the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – determines the number and nationalities of refugee arrivals to the United States. OIRA provides benefits for eligible refugees, individuals granted asylum, and victims of severe forms of trafficking. 

 

 


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Today, Texas Impact delivered a letter to the Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) expressing "shock and dismay" that the agency would direct local volunteer agencies, many of whom are faith-based organizations, to violate federal law.  

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Sign our open letter to Governor Abbott calling for an end to fearful, reactionary rhetoric.

We need a courageous, faithful approach to heal suffering, violence and oppression in our world--that's the true Texas way.

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Sign On: An Open Letter to Governor Abbott on Welcoming the Stranger

Dear Governor Abbott,

As fellow Texans of faith, we urge you to reaffirm our state’s commitment to welcome all who would call Texas home–especially those displaced by oppression and injustice.

We exhort you to desist from fearful, reactionary statements and directives that threaten religious freedom and expose all Texans to dangerous conflict.

We call on you to use your position as leader of this state to advance the true values of courage, generosity, and faithful service that characterize Texas' ideals, so that Texas can serve as a model of hospitality for the United States and the world.

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