Family of Syrian refugees diverted to Connecticut at Indiana’s request

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A Syrian family has been diverted to Connecticut after Indiana officials objected to the refugees resettling in their state.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ordered state agencies to halt resettlement activities after the deadly attacks in Paris. He and other governors say they want assurances that proper security measures are in place.

Indiana officials sent letters Tuesday to Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc. and Catholic Charities Indianapolis saying plans to accept two Syrian families should be halted.

Exodus Executive Director Carleen Miller says she doesn’t believe the state has the power to stop the resettlements but didn’t want the family to go through any additional “scrutiny or drama.”

The family of three has been waiting since 2012 to be resettled in the U.S., and was scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis on Thursday.

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