Texas House committee hears concerns over processing of Syrian refugees


AUSTIN, Texas – The debate over how to handle Syrian refugees in Texas took a new twist at the State Capitol.

Health and Human Services is concerned about how to make sure Texans are safe as refugees enter the state.

The department says officials don't have the information necessary to process these individuals.

At this point, they are considering adding a security polygraph test to the pre-vetting which takes place before refugees arrive in the U.S.

Earlier this month, Texas dropped its immediate efforts to block the arrival of Syrian refugees who are scheduled to resettle in the state.

You can watch a live stream of the committee hearing here.

Abbott, was in Washington last week with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, to support a bill Cruz will introduce allowing governors to reject any refugees they deem to be a security risk.