Indiana Gov. Mike Pence2015 Sued For Blocking Syrian Refugees- reminders

Nov 24, 2015
 Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is being sued over his decision to suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees in his state.

Pence is accused of violating the Constitution by accepting refugees from other countries but not those from Syria following last week’s violent terrorist attacks in Paris that killed at least 130 people.

The federal lawsuit was filed late Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Indianapolis-based nonprofit Exodus Refugee Immigration.

“There is no border around the state of Indiana that prevents people from entering our state who may move freely within the United States,” ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk said in a statement.

Pence, 56, had halted Indiana’s plans to resettle Syrian refugees last week after European officials said a Syrian citizen was among the attackers in Paris.

He and 26 other U.S. governors later penned a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday urging him to halt all resettlement plans in the country until proper security measures have been achieved.”

“We are deeply concerned that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria may have exploited the generosity of the refugee system to carry out Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris,” the memo said.

Pence did not immediately return requests for comment Tuesday.

The U.S. has resettled about 1,800 refugees from Syria so far in 2015, according to the State Department. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to stop the temporary block.

“Indiana is a welcoming state known for our hospitality,” Exodus Executive Director Carleen Miller said. “History will judge us in this moment – whether we take the moral stand for victims of war and persecution in their time of need or reject our core principles by giving in to fear and terror.”

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World1521 – Ferdinand Magellan discovered Guam.

1808 – At Harvard University, the first college orchestra was founded.

1820 – The Missouri Compromise was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by U.S. President James Monroe. The act admitted Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory.

1834 – The city of York in Upper Canada was incorporated as Toronto.

1836 – The thirteen-day siege of the Alamo by Santa Anna and his army ended. The Mexican army of three thousand men defeated the 189 Texas volunteers.

1854 – At the Washington Monument, several men stole the Pope’s Stone from the lapidarium.

1857 – The U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision ruled that blacks could not sue in federal court to be citizens.

1886 – “The Nightingale” was first published. It was the first magazine for nurses.

1899 – Aspirin was patented by German researchers Felix Hoffman and Hermann Dreser.

1900 – In West Virginia, an explosion trapped 50 coal miners underground.

1901 – An assassin tried to kill Wilhelm II of Germany in Bremen.

1907 – British creditors of the Dominican Republic claimed that the U.S. had failed to collect debts.

1928 – A Communist attack on Peking, China resulted in 3,000 dead and 50,000 fled to Swatow.

1939 – In Spain, Jose Miaja took over the Madrid government after a military coup and vowed to seek “peace with honor.”

1941 – Les Hite and his orchestra recorded “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise”.

1944 – During World War II, U.S. heavy bombers began the first American raid on Berlin. Allied planes dropped 2000 tons of bombs.

1946 – Ho Chi Minh, the President of Vietnam, struck an agreement with France that recognized his country as an autonomous state within the Indochinese Federation and the French Union.

1947 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the contempt conviction of John L. Lewis.

1947 – Winston Churchill announced that he opposed British troop withdrawals from India.

1947 – The first air-conditioned naval ship, “The Newport News,” was launched from Newport News, VA.

1957 – The British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the independent state of Ghana.

1960 – Switzerland granted women the right to vote in municipal elections.

1960 – The United States announced that it would send 3,500 troops to Vietnam.

1964 – Tom O’Hara set a new world indoor record when he ran the mile in 3 minutes, 56.4 seconds.

1967 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his plan to establish a draft lottery.

1970 – Charles Manson released his album “Lies” to finance his defense against murder charges.

1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon imposed price controls on oil and gas.

1975 – Iran and Iraq announced that they had settled their border dispute.

1980 – Islamic militants in Tehran said that they would turn over American hostages to the Revolutionary Council.

1981 – Walter Cronkite appeared on his last episode of “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” He had been on the job 19 years.

1981 – U.S. President Reagan announced a plan to cut 37,000 federal jobs.

1982 – National Basketball Association history was made when San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 in three overtime periods to set the record for most points by two teams in a game. The record was beaten on December 13, 1983 by the Pistons and the Nuggets when they played to a final score of 186-184

1983 – The United States Football League began its first season of pro football competition.

1985 – Yul Brynner played his his 4,500th performance in the musical “The King and I.”

1987 – The British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized in the Channel off the coast of Belgium. 189 people died.

1990 – In Afghanistan, an attempted coup to remove President Najibullah from office failed.

1990 – The Russian Parliament passed a law that sanctioned the ownership of private property.

1991 – In Paris, five men were jailed for plotting to smuggle Libyan arms to the Irish Republican Army.

1992 – The last episode of “The Cosby Show” aired. The show had been on since September of 1984.

1992 – The computer virus “Michelangelo” went into effect.

1997 – A gunman stole “Tete de Femme,” a million-dollar Picasso portrait, from a London gallery. The painting was recovered a week later.

1997 – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site.

1998 – A Connecticut state lottery accountant gunned down three supervisors and the lottery chief before killing himself.