Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Judge Rules Pence's Blocking State Aid to Syrian Refugees Is Illegal

Indianapolis U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt has blocked Republican Gov. Mike Pence's order that barred state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana. Her opinion noted that the state had a compelling concern to protect its residents, but that withholding federal grant money from the aid group "in no way furthers the state's asserted interest in the safety of Indiana residents." Pratt also wrote that the governor's directive "clearly discriminates against Syrian refugees based on their national origin." Pence said that he will appeal the ruling. You can read more here.