November 17, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is deeply saddened that Governor Mike Pence has joined the backlash against Syrian refugees in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. These refugees are fleeing violence and oppression and should not be blamed for the very terror they are fleeing. We caution public officials against any reflexive reactions to curtail our civil liberties and target individuals because of their nationality in response to these horrific events. Refugee admission has long been a federal matter in which states do not have authority. We urge Governor Pence to rethink his position and affirm the need for refugees to seek sanctuary from the brutality of terrorism.