We are disheartened by Governor Pence's call to suspend Syrian resettlement in Indiana. This is a misplaced reaction to the recent attacks in Paris--
one that is not based in fact but in fear. It is a reaction that blames the very people fleeing ISIS and puts them at further risk.
Hoosiers are a welcoming people and the opinion of our governor is not in line with our values to deny refuge to individuals and families fleeing war and terror. Over the last few months, our agency has been overwhelmed with calls from Hoosiers asking how they can help welcome and support Syrian refugees in Indianapolis.
To be clear - refugees are the most screened group of newcomers entering the country. They receive extensive background checks
from various U.S. security agencies and they are screened in person by Homeland Security. Every effort is made to ensure that no one is granted admission into the U.S. who would want to do us harm. It is important to remember that the U.S. has resettled over 3 million refugees from various conflicts and we have an impressive track record of security.
We urge our governor and all elected officials here in Indiana to exercise restraint in their response to the recent tragedies in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, and elsewhere.
The opportunity is upon us as Hoosiers to stand in solidarity with the victims of ISIS and refuse to be defeated by fear. This hateful and harmful rhetoric can and must be overpowered with calls for welcome from the community.
You can help.
Call, write, or tweet the Governor's Office and tell him you support welcoming any and all refugees.