Indiana Governor sued for rejecting Syrian refugees
Pence is accused of violating the Constitution by accepting refugees from other countries, but not Syria. The governor ordered state agencies to stop resettling activities for Syrians after the Paris attacks on 13 November that killed 130 people.
Pence said that his objection was based on the claim that one of the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks arrived in Europe as a refugee, despite the fact that 11 days after the attack this accusation has yet to be confirmed.
I've joined 26 other governors in calling for an exhaustive review and suspension of Syrian refugee program https://t.co/CTuGnTe8Qy— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) 20 ноября 2015
The family that was rejected last week had fled war-torn Syria seeking safety, but instead said they felt rejected after arriving amidst a political maelstrom. The couple and their five-year-old son were driven to Connecticut and resettled there.
Indiana has accepted 40 refugees from Syria since 2010, 20 of whom arrived in 2015.
The US House of Representatives voted on Thursday on a bill that sharply increases the security screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. If passed in the Senate, it would effectively block President Barack Obama's plan to settling 10,000 refugees in the US over the next year, but the president has threatened a veto.
President Obama has argued in favor of admitting Syrian refugees despite security concerns, saying that turning them away would betray America’s “deepest values.”