The statement reads as follows:
Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to turn away refugees from the great state of Texas is deeply discouraging and disheartening. While the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops respects the governor, this decision is simply misguided. It denies people who are fleeing persecution, including religious persecution, from being able to bring their gifts and talents to our state and contribute to the general common good of all Texans. The refugees who have already resettled in Texas have made our communities even more vibrant. As Catholics, an essential aspect of our faith is to welcome the stranger and care for the alien. We use this occasion to commit ourselves even more ardently to work with all people of good will, including our federal, state and local governments, to help refugees integrate and become productive members of our communities.
President Donald Trump is locked in too-close-to-call races with any one of seven top Democratic challengers in the 2020 presidential race in Texas, where former Vice President Joseph Biden has 48 percent to President Trump with 44 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Other matchups by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll show:
President Trump at 46 percent to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 45 percent;
Trump at 47 percent to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 44 percent;
Trump at 48 percent to former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke with 45 percent;
Trump with 46 percent to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s 44 percent;
Trump at 47 percent to California Sen. Kamala Harris at 43 percent;
Trump with 46 percent and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro at 43 percent.