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Catholic charities seek to circumvent Ind. Gov. Mike Pence's order blocking Syrian refugees

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A religious charity says it will be able to fund a Syrian refugee family's arrival in Indiana, even if Gov. Mike Pence does not drop an order blocking state agencies from distributing federal funding for such refugees.

Governor Mike Pence directed agencies in November to suspend resettlement efforts over security concerns following the deadly Paris attacks. One Syrian refugee family bound for Indiana was redirected to Connecticut as a result.

Archdiocese of Indianapolis spokesman Greg Otolski says private donors have told Catholic Charities in Indianapolis they can pay to settle the family later this month.

Otolski added that the family may be settled elsewhere if Indiana is perceived as "hostile" or "unwelcoming."

The Obama administration has said states lack legal authority to block funding and could be punished if services are denied.

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