Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pence Instructs State Agencies Not to Process Syrian Refugees into Indiana

In response to the ISIS killings in Paris, Indiana governor Mike Pence, like nearly all the other Repblican governors, has said Indiana will not accept refugees from Syria and instructed all state agencies to suspend the resettlement of additional Syrian refugees until the state receives assurance from the federal government that “proper security measures” are in place. House Democratic minority leader Scott Pelath observed that Pence's action was "the governor just sticking his chest out, wanting to take over a national issue or get a little piece of it." He suggested that the governors "wanted to be able to put out a press release that they were being tough on ISIS."

In the past three years 12 Syrian refugees have settled in Indiana. It is also worth keeping in mind that governors do not have the authority to restrict where refugees settle--that is a federal matter.

Read more about Pence's stance here and here.