Governor Pence, archbishop meet amid refugee flap


By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence met with the Roman Catholic archbishop of Indianapolis one day after the archdiocese said it has the means to resettle a Syrian refugee family bound for the state.

The Associated Press saw Archbishop Joseph Tobin walk into Pence’s office Wednesday afternoon.

The Republican governor blocked state agencies from distributing federal money for Syrian refugees following the deadly Paris attacks. One family was redirected to Connecticut as a result.

The archdiocese has said it can settle a Syrian refugee family of four, but its spokesman Greg Otolski noted it may not happen if Indiana is perceived to be hostile or unwelcoming.

The Obama administration says states lack legal authority to block funding.

Also Wednesday, an Indianapolis-based refugee resettlement organization requested a temporary hold on Pence’s order.