Ind. Gov. Mike Pence suspends intake of additional Syrian refugees into Indiana
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana Governor Mike Pence has announced a decision to suspend the intake of additional Syrian refugees into the state of Indiana.
The move comes after reports that a Syrian refugee was among the perpetrators of the terror attacks in Paris Friday. The gun and bomb attacks killed 129 people and wounded hundreds more.
Pence joins other states in refusing to take in more refugees following the deadly attacks in Paris. Alabama, Michigan and Texas also will not accept any more refugees fleeing turmoil in Syria. More governors are threatening to do so, raising concern that terrorists might use the refugees as cover to sneak across borders.
Governor Pence issued the following statement:
"In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris, effective immediately, I am directing all state agencies to suspend the resettlement of additional Syrian refugees in the state of Indiana pending assurances from the federal government that proper security measures have been achieved. Indiana has a long tradition of opening our arms and homes to refugees from around the world but, as governor, my first responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of all Hoosiers. Unless and until the state of Indiana receives assurances that proper security measures are in place, this policy will remain in full force and effect."
The Refugee Resettlement Office in the Division of Family Resources in the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) administers the Syrian resettlement program.
President Barack Obama says the U.S. should not cut off refugees. “We do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence. And somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism."
In September the White House announced plans to accept an additional 10,000 refugees from Syria, with no congressional approval needed. Republican lawmakers are looking at ways of blocking those plans. Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul is taking a stand. Paul has proposed a law that would suspend visas being issued for countries with a high risk of terrorism. His idea would also impose a waiting period for background checks.
The Islamic State group has released a video vowing to attack Washington the way Paris was attacked last week.
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