Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) discusses the Syrian refuge crisis and the repercussions on those refugees after the killings in Paris in Washington Nov. 17, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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A lawsuit has been filed challenging the Indiana governor's decision to stop state agencies from helping resettle Syrian refugees, saying the action wrongly targets the refugees based on their nationality.Five days after the attacks, a family that fled war-torn Syria was diverted from Indianapolis to Connecticut when Pence ordered state agencies to halt resettlement activities.Falk added that he expects similar lawsuits to be filed against some of more than two-dozen states -- most with Republican governors, like Pence -- that have taken actions similar to Indiana's in suspending programs to resettle Syrian refugees.The Refugee Act of 1980 dictates that refugee resettlement is managed by the federal government, which consults with state refugee coordinators and the nine refugee resettlement agencies that have contracts with the government, but that consultation is largely to ensure the refugees are settled in cities with adequate jobs, housing and social services.
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