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A Federal judge has ruled that Indiana cannot cut off payments to President Obama’s secret ongoing Syrian refugee resettlement program.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued a 36-page decision yesterday which will force Governor Mike Pence to continue funding social and other welfare assistance programs for the Syrian Refugee Immigration Program.
“[Pence’s order] clearly discriminates against Syrian refugees based on their national origin,” said Judge Pratt.
Pence joined 12 other states in cutting off funding for the Syrian refugee program after the Paris attack and the San Bernardino attacks.
The case resulted when the ACLU filed suit in November on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration.
Gov. Pence’s reaction came on Twitter at 4:52pm yesterday afternoon:
“As Gov I have no higher priority than safety & security of Hoosiers. During these uncertain times, we must always err on the side of caution. For that reason, I suspended participation by the State of Indiana in the Syrian refugee resettlement program and I stand by that decision.”
Pence has instructed the state to continue the fight:
“I’ve instructed the [Indiana] Attorney General to seek an immediate stay [and] appeal of the Syrian refugee fed court decision.”
According to WND:
“The Obama administration admitted in December that Islamic terrorists may infiltrate its Syrian refugee program – and then told Americans their concerns were overblown.”
Obama has taken to Twitter to push the refugee program in similar fashion to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
This refugee program will be the albatross of both the Obama and Merkel’s legacy.
This one issue is why I completely changed what I do on this channel. This secret program is the single most important issue facing Americans today.
I’m Still reporting from Washington. Good day.