- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The federal government is seeking to dismiss Alabama’s lawsuit over refugee placement after the failure of a similar lawsuit by Texas.

A lawyer for the federal government on June 16 filed a notice of the Texas decision with the court in the ongoing request to dismiss the Alabama case. Both Texas and Alabama sued the federal government over refugee placement.

A federal judge in June threw out the Texas lawsuit, ruling that the state had no authority over resettlements that are handled by the federal government.

Lawyers for Alabama argued in a June 17 response that the Alabama case is different and should continue. Gov. Robert Bentley filed the lawsuit in January, arguing federal officials have failed to fulfill obligations to consult with states regarding refugee placement.


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