Indiana won't accept refugees until safety assured, Gov. Mike Pence says

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By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence says he is telling all state agencies to suspend the resettlement of additional Syrian refugees in Indiana following the deadly attacks in Paris.

Pence issued a statement Monday saying he was putting all resettlements on hold until assurances from the federal government that proper security measures have been met. He says Indiana has a long tradition of opening its arms and homes to refugees, but as governor it’s his first responsibility to ensure the safety and security of Indiana residents.

He says the policy will remain in effect until the state of Indiana receives assurances from the federal government that proper security measures are in place.

Officials say Friday’s gun and bomb attacks by terrorists killed more than 120 people.