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Federal Court In Chicago Will Decide If Indiana Governor Can Ban Syrian Refugees

Days after terrorists struck Paris, France, last November, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence placed a ban on Syrian refugees from being resettled in the state.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sought an injunction against the ban, stating Pence doesn’t have the authority to do that.


ACLU’s attorney Ken Falk made the same argument Wednesday at a federal court in Chicago.   


"This is a federal decision," he said. "This is a decision the president of the United States and the federal government has made, and there is no room in the program for refugee resettlement for a state to decide they don’t like one particular class of refugee or another."

Indiana’s Solicitor General Thomas Fisher argued Pence placed the ban after questioning whether federal authorities were adequately screening refugees.