Julián Aguilar writes for The Texas Tribune.

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Gov. Greg Abbott: Texas Won't Participate in Refugee Resettlement

Gov. Greg Abbott briefs reporters during a press conference on a Domestic Terrorism Task Force meeting held at the Capitol on Jan. 7.  Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott informed the U.S. State Department that Texas will not participate in the refugee resettlement program this fiscal year. The decision comes after more than 40 governors, including several Republicans, have said they would opt in to the federal refugee resettlement program. Resettlement agencies needed written consent from states and local governments by Jan. 21. The deadline was imposed in a September executive order by the Trump Administration that requires written consent from states and local entities before they resettle refugees within their boundaries.

Legal Experts Say New Federal Rule to Block Most Asylum Claims Is on Shaky Ground

Asylum seekers from Central and South America wait on the Mexican side of the Brownsville/Gateway Bridge. Photo by Reynaldo Leal for The Texas Tribune

It’s not a matter of if, but when, a federal court will strike down the Trump administration’s latest attempt to rewrite laws governing who can receive asylum in the United States, immigration and legal experts said Monday.

Private Group Backed by Trump Supporters Builds Border Barrier in El Paso

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A private organization supported by some of President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters announced Monday that it constructed a short section of border fence over the weekend.