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Governor Mike Pence is suspending the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana, one of several governors to take this step in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in France.

 

Governor Mike Pence announced Monday the state will suspend its resettlement program for Syrian refugees until the federal government assures him proper security measures are in place.

 

Senate Pro Tem David Long says he supports the governor’s decision.

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Indiana Senate Democrats Monday unveiled policy initiatives aimed at helping the state’s undocumented immigrants, including a potential measure that would provide them with drivers permits.

The Pew Research Center estimates that about 110,000 undocumented immigrants live in Indiana.  Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane says there are common sense changes the state can make to help not just that population, but all Hoosiers.  That includes providing limited drivers permits to undocumented immigrants if they show proof of insurance – which Lanane calls a public safety measure:

Syrian Refugees Find New Homes In Indiana

May 6, 2015
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The U.S. government estimates it will allow 2,000 Syrian refugees into the country this fiscal year and about the same number next year.

So far, three of those families have moved to Indianapolis.

While resettling refugees is never easy, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Gretchen Frazee reports the ongoing civil war in Syria combined with the threat of ISIS is creating a particularly difficult situation.

Read more here.

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Governor Mike Pence Wednesday directed Attorney General Greg Zoeller to join a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order on immigration. 

President Obama’s executive action, announced last month, could allow millions of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation.   

16 states have joined a lawsuit challenging the move, and Governor Mike Pence wants Indiana to become the 17th. 

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Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) and several other conservative Republicans have penned a letter to President Obama accusing him of, in their words, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis that’s led to a flood of Central American migrants into the U.S.

Coats and fellow Senate Appropriations Committee Republicans Thad Cochran (R-MS), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Richard Shelby (R-AL) accuse the Obama Administration of not enforcing the nation’s immigration laws – despite the fact the number of deportations of illegal immigrants is up during Obama’s tenure.

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Lafayette area members of the group Moms Demand Action are pushing for a bill to expand the background check program for gun purchases.

Julia Chester says the measure would include purchases at gun shows and internet sales under the current system.

“It’s just a background check. It’s the same bill that was put forth by the Senate, but did not pass earlier this year. We’d like to know what the opposition is to this, because there really is no good reason.”

Immigration & the 2012 Election

Sep 19, 2012

Immigration and the 2012 election is the topic for a political science roundtable, which also marks the launch of a new political science academic journal, "Politics, Groups and Identities," that will be edited at Purdue.

The nonpartisan panel discussion, "Politics of Race, Immigration and Ethnicity Consortium," will explore how currents of race, ethnicity, class and gender shape the issue of immigration, focusing on the way the issue of immigration is likely to affect - and be affected by - the November elections.

Greater Lafayette forum tackles immigration

Apr 23, 2012

The Greater Lafayette community is taking a closer look at immigration laws.

A panel of experts spoke on the issue Monday night during a forum sponsored by the Diversity Roundtable of Greater Lafayette at Ivy Tech Community College.

Angela Adams, Director of Immigration Group, Lewis & Kappes Counselors and Attorneys at Law, Indianapolis, says bringing the conversation to the forefront is a start in finding a resolution.

Purdue Political Science Professor Jay McCann says there needs to be compromise from both sides if any progress is going to be made.

The Diversity Roundtable is sponsoring a forum on immigration Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette.

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Resa Hodnett and Elaine Doss about the forum, which will air live on AM920 and wbaa.org.

More information is HERE.

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