INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis says it has brought a Syrian refugee family into the state despite Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s request that it not do so.
Archbishop Joseph Tobin says the family arrived safely in Indianapolis Monday night.
Tobin met last week with Pence to discuss the governor’s order blocking state agencies from assisting Syrian refugees following the deadly Paris attacks last month. Pence said he asked Tobin to not resettle the family in the state.
Tobin said in a statement released Tuesday morning that he “prayerfully considered” Pence’s request but decided that assisting the refugee couple with two small children was an “essential part” of the Catholic church’s identity.
Messages seeking comment from the governor’s office weren’t immediately returned.