Indiana Gov Explains Why He Rejected Syrian Refugee Family
On "America's Newsroom" today, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended his decision to prevent a Syrian family from entering his state due to security concerns.
The family of three, who fled Syria four years ago and have been living in a refugee camp in Jordan for three years while being vetted for entry into the U.S., instead have been diverted to Connecticut.
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy blasted Pence, saying that accepting the family of refugees is the right and humane thing to do.
"But this is the same guy who signed a homophobic bill in the spring surrounded by homophobes," Malloy said, referring to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. "So I’m not surprised by anything the governor does."
Pence explained his decision by pointing out that FBI Director James Comey testified last month that there are significant gaps in our ability to confirm the identities of Syrian refugees.
The governor noted that one of the terrorists who attacked Paris on Friday reportedly entered Europe through Greece amid a group of refugees.
"The safety and security of the people of Indiana is my highest priority," Pence said, reiterating that he is suspending any resettlement efforts in his state until the administration and Congress bring about changes in the screening process.
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