Breaking: Federal judge blocks Pence order in Indiana about refugees

Breaking: Federal judge blocks Pence order in Indiana about refugees
A federal judge ruled against an order by Vice President Mike Pence against the settling of Syrian refugees in Indiana when he was the governor of the state. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Yet another federal judge is blocking an order from a member of the Trump administration having to do with refugees, but this time it’s against a policy ordered by Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor of Indiana.

Here’s what the judge said

Pence ordered to block Syrian refugees from settling in the state of Indiana in 2015, but a federal judge ruled Thursday that the command was unconstitutional and ruled that Indiana was permanently blocked from the policy.

The mechanism by which refugees were prevented from settling in Indiana was that the state withheld payments to the Exodus Refugee Immigration.

U.S. District Judge Tonya Walton Pratt had ruled previously to temporarily block Pence’s order after the ACLU sued on behalf of the refugees saying the policy violated the U.S. Constitution.

Pratt ruled Thursday to permanently block Pence’s order after a federal appeals court upheld her previous ruling.

A preventative measure

The order from Pence was given in the wake of the attack in Paris in 2015, and meant to prevent similar attacks from happening in America from militants who disguised themselves as refugees.