Resolution to block Syrian refugee assistance fails


A resolution to block funds assisting Syrian refugees in their resettlement in the Austin area failed to pass a vote in the Public Safety Committee on Monday evening. As a result, the resolution will not reach the full Council for consideration.

Austin City Council member Don Zimmerman drafted the resolution in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris in order to prevent the city government from monetarily facilitating Syrian refugee resettlement. The resolution failed on a 2-1 vote in committee with the only vote in support coming from Zimmerman.

Austin’s refugee resettlement programs are primarily funded by nonprofits and do not depend on the city treasury, however, the city does spend money to provide health services for refugees, the Austin-American Statesman reported.