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

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A Turkish border guard controls the flow of refugees crossing from Syria into Turkey on Thursday, August 9, 2012. They are among the scores of refugees flying fighting between regime and rebel forces. In the 17 months since the fighting started, an estimated 150,000 refugees have fled into neighboring nations, including Turkey, which is hosting […]

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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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