Court rules against Pence plan to bar Indiana aid to Syrian refugees

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s order blocking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence from barring state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in the state.

A three-judge panel for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Monday agreed with an injunction a federal judge issued in February.

The judge found Pence’s directive “clearly discriminates” against refugees from the war-torn nation.

The appeals court says federal law doesn’t allow a governor “to deport to other states immigrants he deems dangerous.”

Donald Trump’s running-mate, Pence, was among dozens of governors from mostly Republican states who tried to block Syrian refugees after the Paris terror attacks last November.

Indianapolis-based Exodus Refugee Immigration, which helps Syrian refugees with medical and social services and job training, challenged Pence’s order.

The group’s statement, published on its website, says, “Exodus resettles refugees from several different countries including Burma, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Somalia, Bhutan, China, Afghanistan and Syria. In 2016, Exodus expects to welcome approximately 900 refugees to Indianapolis.”