Judge: Resistance to Obama's migrant program futile
Indiana’s attempt to resist President Obama’s Syrian refugee program was sidetracked by a federal judge on Monday.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued a ruling in Indianapolis that said Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to bar state agencies from assisting in the process was discriminatory. The 36-page decision came as a result of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in November on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration. The group has vetted 19 migrants for the U.S. government.
“[Pence’s order] clearly discriminates against Syrian refugees based on their national origin,” the judge wrote, the Associated Press reported.
The ACLU claims Pence’s order violates the U.S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Act by accepting refugees from other countries but not from Syria. The Republican governor made the decision after the Nov. 13, 2015, terror attacks in Paris, France, which killed 130. Islamic terrorism then struck San Bernardino, California, weeks later on Dec. 2, 2015, in plot that killed 14 at the the Inland Regional Center.