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Van Duyne: ‘Sad’ That Outsiders Don’t Understand Irving

Irving mayor talks about Syrian refugees, political protesters at NCPA luncheon.

Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne says her support for legislative prohibitions on the application of foreign law—think Sharia courts—here is part and parcel of her sworn duty to uphold the U.S. and Texas constitutions. She supports Gov. Greg Abbott’s position against the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Texas. And, after calling Irving one of the most diverse and “happy” communities anywhere, she told a reporter she’d have no comment on various pro- and anti-Muslim rallies there—including one planned for late May by robe- and hood-wearing members of the Texas Rebel Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. But then she added: “I think it’s sad that we had outside people coming in that have a false impression of our city.” Van Duyne made her comments during and after a National Center for Policy Analysis luncheon today in Addison featuring her, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, and Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez.