Judge dismisses Texas lawsuit to block Syrian refugees
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A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit from Texas seeking to block the Obama administration from resettling Syrian refugees in the state.

Texas filed the lawsuit in December, alleging the refugees could pose security risks and arguing that the Obama administration violated federal law by not consulting the state first. The judge rejected those arguments.

The ruling comes amid a heated election-year debate over immigration.

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Watergate prosecutor: Trump taking the fifth would be political suicide Comey: I’m ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ by Republican party Comey, Anderson Cooper clash over whether memo release violated FBI rules MORE has called for the administration to halt its plans to settle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the country. More broadly, Trump has also repeatedly called for temporarily banning Muslims from entering the U.S. in the wake of terror attacks in the U.S. and abroad.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) slammed the court's ruling on Twitter, writing, "Laws should protect us not endanger us."

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization tasked with resettling the refugees, was also named in the lawsuit brought by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The group hailed the judge's decision.

"Today’s decision upholds and affirms America’s proud history in providing refuge for the world’s most vulnerable,” IRC Vice President Jennifer Sime said in a statement. “Refugees are fleeing violence and persecution and want nothing more than to live a safe and peaceful life.”

The Texas lawsuit was sparked by the government and IRC's plans to resettle a Syrian family of six in Dallas.

“In addition to Texas undertaking more than its share in the task of resettling refugees than any other State, Texas has the sovereign authority and duty to protect the safety of its residents,” the state had argued in its December filing.

— This story was updated at 2:23 p.m.