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Indiana governor, archbishop meet to discuss Syrian refugees

December 03, 2015

Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis met on December 3 with Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence to discuss their differences over the acceptance of Syrian refugees.

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Governor Pence has issued an order blocking state agencies from providing benefits to Syrian refugees. Archbishop Tobin, for his part, has said that Catholic donors were prepared to pay for the arrival of a refugee family from Syria.

The archbishop said that this discussion with Pence centered on questions of “compassion and security”—with the prelate stressing the need for compassion for asylum seekers, and the governor focused on concerns about terrorist infiltration. Archbishop Tobin did not disclose what resolutions, if any, the conversation had reached.


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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Dec. 04, 2015 11:18 AM ET USA

    It is next to impossible to determine if a refugee is or is not a terrorist. The only reasonable way is to assist them where they are. A given amount of aid can help a lot more people where they are than bringing them here and it is much safer.