State still attempting to block aid to Syrian refugees despite new ruling 

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By Andi TenBarge

The State of Indiana will move forward with its case despite a denial for a stay in the fight surrounding the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled in February that the state cannot block aid to Syrian refugees.


Then on Tuesday, Pratt denied Gov. Mike Pence’s request for a stay, writing the state wasn’t likely win an appeal and that the stay would have hurt the nonprofit Exodus Refugee Immigration because the organization’s objective “to provide social services to all of its refugee clients would be irreparably harmed.”

Pratt also wrote she finds no evidence the state would be harmed by a preliminary injunction.

Pence had directed all state agencies to suspend taking in Syrian refugees until “proper security measures” had been met to prevent terrorists from sneaking into the state. This was in response to the Paris attacks that killed more than 130 people.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and ACLU national filed a lawsuit on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration to stop the governor. The lawsuit argued the state was “preempted by federal law” and that the order discriminated against Syrians.

Bryan Corbin, the Attorney General’s spokesperson, said the state plans to continue the appeal despite Tuesday’s ruling.

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