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Syrian family diverted to Connecticut at Indiana’s request

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/37e9cae8b2874fc6824e105f9202a488/syrian-family-diverted-connecticut-indianas-request

Author: TOM COYNE and SUSAN HAIGH

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A Syrian family that fled the war-torn country in 2011 was welcomed Wednesday to its new home of Connecticut after Indiana officials objected to plans for the refugees to resettle in their state.

The married couple and their 5-year-old son had been living as refugees in Jordan and been waiting three years to resettle in the United States. They were scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis Thursday but were diverted when Gov. Mike Pence ordered state agencies to halt resettlement activities after the deadly attacks in Paris.

I am glad to see some states stepping up to do the right thing. This agenda of hate and division is not just playing politics, it inflicts pain and damage on real people. This family has been running from hell, and the welcome they get is the voice of the hateful governor of Indiana saying you’re not wanted.

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