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Texas sues US to block resettlement of 6 Syrian refugees

Texas sues US government to block resettlement of 6 Syrian refugees in Dallas this week

Texas sues US to block resettlement of 6 Syrian refugees

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas on Wednesday sued the U.S. government in an effort to block six Syrian refugees from resettling in Dallas this week.

The lawsuit comes after the nonprofit International Rescue Committee defied orders from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to halt the arrival of Syrian refugees in Texas following the deadly attacks in Paris last month.

Texas wants to delay the arrival of the refugees for at least a week until a federal judge can hear the challenge.

Abbott is among more than two dozen governors, mostly Republicans, who have vowed to keep Syrian refugees from resettling in their states. The Obama administration has said states don't have the authority to block refugees.

Also Wednesday, Indiana's governor said he has asked a Roman Catholic archdiocese to not bring a Syrian refugee family to the state.

The archdiocese says a Syrian refugee family of four is expected to arrive later this month after a two-year vetting process. On Tuesday, it said it has the means to support the family, but spokesman Greg Otolski noted it may not happen if Indiana is perceived to be hostile or unwelcoming.

Gov. Mike Pence said after Wednesday's meeting that in the wake of the Paris attacks, he can't justify making an exception for the family.

Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin said he'll be considering what steps to take next.

Also Wednesday, the Indianapolis-based Exodus Refugee Immigration requested a temporary hold on Pence's order. In a federal court filing, the organization said Pence's action would "frustrate and thwart" its mission of helping refugees and that it would be difficult to make up the lost government funding. A judge is scheduled to talk Monday with attorneys from both sides to set a hearing.

Updated : 2021-09-17 23:53 GMT+08:00