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Indiana becomes fourth state to refuse Syrian refugees

Indiana Governor Mike Pence - File (AP)
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WISH/AP – INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) – Governor Mike Pence issued a statement following the reports that a Syrian refugee was involved in the attacks on Friday in Paris.

Pence said that he has suspended resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana.

Pence said in a statement:

"In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris, effective immediately, I am directing all state agencies to suspend the resettlement of additional Syrian refugees in the state of Indiana pending assurances from the federal government that proper security measures have been achieved.

Indiana has a long tradition of opening our arms and homes to refugees from around the world but, as governor, my first responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of all Hoosiers. Unless and until the state of Indiana receives assurances that proper security measures are in place, this policy will remain in full force and effect."

In a press conference on Monday President Barack Obama however said, it is wrong to associate the attacks with the people in Syria and Iraq. He said it was "shamful" for political leaders to call for imposing a religious test on refuges.

Obama also said that people fleeing Syria are the ones more harmed by terrorism.