In a 2016 case Indiana instructed its voluntary agencies to withhold funding

In a 2016 case indiana instructed its voluntary

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communities. In a 2016 case, Indiana instructed its voluntary agencies to withhold funding from a private sector organization, Exodus, in order to discourage the federal government from placing refugees in their state.227 Indiana Governor Pence announced the Directive in November 2015: 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.:2s Exodus was already in the process of placing an arriving family from Syria in Indiana when they were notified by the state voluntary agency that resettlement of Syrian refugees would be suspended.221 ' Exodus notified PRM, and the family was ultimately rerouted to Connecticut.210 Exodus continued placing families in Indiana and was informed by the state that they would only receive federal funds for non- Syrian placements.221 The district court in Exodus found the Indiana Directive in clear violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.232 By delineating federal funding on the basis of national origin, the state was effectively denying protection on the basis of a protected class.232 The state’s purported legal basis in providing security for its citizens failed by a “wide margin.”234 226. An Overview of U.S. Refugee Law and Policy , A m . I mmigr . C ouncil (N ov . 18, 2015), [] [hereinafter Overview], 227. Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. v. Pence, 165 F. Supp. 3d 719, 723-24 (S.D. Ind. 2016). 228. Press Release. Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, Governor Pence Suspends Resettlement of Syrian Refugees in Indiana (Nov. 16, 2015), EventDetails&eventidn=239126&information_id=233816&type&syndicate=syndicate [ PN45-BZ45]. 229. Exodus, 165 F.Supp.3d at 726. 230. Id. 231. See id. at 727 (“Because of Governor Pence’s directive. Exodus will not seek reimbursement for social services from the State for the four Syrian refugees currently enrolled in the Matching Grant Program.’’). 232. See id. at 739 (“Exodus has shown a strong likelihood of success that the State’s challenged conduct constitutes unconstitutional discrimination in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.”) 233. See id. at 728 (“Exodus’s equal protection and Title VI claims are both predicated on its view that the State’s conduct amounts to national origin discrimination in that the State passes on federal funds to Exodus for the social services it provides to its refugee clients except those from Syria.”).
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