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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Ind. Decisions - More on: 7th Circuit decides Indiana case re Syrian refugees

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, here is the ACLU of Indiana news release. A quote:

"The Court of Appeals' decision underscores what we have said throughout this litigation," said Ken Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana. "Governor Pence may not constitutionally or legally discriminate against a particular nationality of refugees that are extensively vetted by the federal government."

"A court has once again rejected Indiana's efforts to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees. This ruling is a stinging rebuke of Governor Mike Pence's anti-refugee actions," said Omar Jadwat, senior staff attorney with the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project.

Here are some quotes from a story by Julian Hattem, of The Hill:
In harsh language, a three-judge panel on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals accused the Republican vice presidential nominee of unfairly attacking Exodus Refugee Immigration for resettling the refugees, despite “no evidence” that the migrants might be terrorists in disguise.

“[I]t is nightmare speculation,” Judge Richard Posner declared in his opinion.

Pence’s policy barring payments to the organization “is discrimination on the basis of nationality,” Posner declared.

The ruling, which affirmed an injunction handed down by a lower court, is a harsh indictment of the governor's policy, and comes a day before he is set to debate Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.), the Democratic nominee for president.

The decision is all the more jarring given the conservative slant of the court.

Both Posner and Judge Frank Easterbrook, another member of the three judge-panel, were appointed by Ronald Reagan.

Judge Diane Sykes, the final judge on the appeals panel, was listed by Donald Trump as one of his potential picks to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, should he be elected president.

Here is a list of the ILB's posts on the Syrian refugee issues.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 4, 2016 10:34 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions