State Cites Security Threat In Bid To Block Syrian Refugees

first_imgState Cites Security Threat In Bid To Block Syrian RefugeesDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comThe administration of Gov. Mike Pence defended its bid to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana by asserting the federal government has not satisfactorily addressed security concerns.The state through the office of Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a65-page response brief late Friday to a nonprofit agency’s federal lawsuit. Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc. seeks an injunction barring the Pence administration from withholding federal grant funds for Syrian refugee resettlement. A hearing on the injunction request is scheduled for Feb. 15.Pence announced suspension of federal grants to Exodus in November,prompting the nonprofit’s lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. The suit contends the state is preempted from actions that attempt to block resettlement because immigration and refugee resettlement are matters reserved for the federal government, which has thoroughly vetted those granted refugee status.“The State of Indiana, to this point, is not satisfied that the United States has adequately discharged its obligation to consult with the State concerning refugee resettlement, particularly as it relates to refugees fleeing Syria,” the state’s response brief says. “Given the serious public security risks posed by such refugees, State officials should be afforded more access to information concerning refugees resettling here, the process by which they were designated to come here, and the extent to which it is even possible to conduct a worthwhile review of their backgrounds. Accordingly, the Governor’s directive is part of a larger effort not only to defer resettlement of Syrian refugees without better background checks, but also to persuade the United States to consult more seriously with States.“Based on the available information to date, the Governor’s judgment is that such resettlements are not safe at this time, and his action carrying out that judgment is a restrained, targeted response to a very real security threat, well within the traditional authority of States to protect public safety,” the brief says.Despite Pence’s announcement and personal appeals, Exodus proceeded with a planned resettlement of a family of four. Exodus plans to resettle additional Syrian families in Indiana this year.The state’s brief warns terrorists have infiltrated the United States and other nations posing as refugees and argues Obama administration officials expressed concerns about potential gaps in the vetting process.But the state in its response also argues Exodus has no standing to assert the equal protection rights of refugees. “(W)hile the Governor’s directive may harm Exodus’s economic interests, it does not harm the refugees,” the brief says. “Exodus has said it will resettle future Syrian refugees regardless of the Governor’s directive … and the state will continue to pay benefits directly to refugees who are resettled here (though it will not pay Exodus’s social services resettlement claims.)”Meanwhile, a top ACLU immigration attorney, Cecillia Wang, director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, has entered an appearance in the litigation. ACLU officials did not reply to messages seeking comment.The case before Judge Tanya Walton Pratt in the District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. v. Pence, et al., 1:15-CV-01858.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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One man killed in Winfield after shooting Monday evening

first_imgby Shane Farley, Newscow.net – One man was killed and another was critically injured in a shooting that occurred in a Winfield neighborhood late Monday.Police were first called to a residence at 610 E. Third around 9 p.m. for the report of a shooting and stabbing. A black male died at the scene after extensive life-saving efforts failed, Chief Danny Parker said.The deceased man was reported to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head.Initial reports of a stabbing were made because the critically injured man, who was flown to Wichita by air ambulance for treatment, received a gunshot wound to the throat that first appeared to be a stab wound.A suspect fled on foot immediately after the shooting and police, aided by a K9 unit, were scouring a nearby wooded area and dike. He was still at large early Tuesday and described as a white male, in a black hoodie, cargo pants and roughly 5-feet-7-inches tall.No names have been made public, thus far.A neighbor told NewsCow they heard the shots fired.Chief Parker said late Monday night that an investigation was in its very early stages and that the KBI was expected to arrive with their mobile crime lab to process the scene. Police were in the process of acquiring a search warrant for the house.The residence is near the corner of Third and Lincoln.This is the second homicide investigation for Winfield Police this year. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Winfield Police are the scene of what is described as a stabbing and shooting that occurred in the 600 block of E. Third tonight.Two people are said to have sustained critical injuries as a result of the incident. One person was not breathing at the scene.Police are looking for a suspect in the area of the residence. That person fled the scene.Eagle Med is en route to Winfield to transport one of the victims to a Wichita hospital.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Blind suit against Target gets big boost

first_img“This is a tremendous step forward for blind people throughout the country who for too long have been denied equal access to the Internet economy,” said Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind. “All e-commerce businesses should take note of this decision and immediately take steps to open their doors to the blind.” The federation filed the suit – which originally was filed in California state court in February 2006 and moved at Target’s request to San Francisco federal court the following month – on behalf of federation member and northern California resident Bruce Sexton. The suit alleged that “blind individuals have been and are being denied equal access to Target stores” and the “service and benefits offered to the public through Target.com.” Judge Patel’s order Friday noted that Target has modified its Web site some since the suit’s filing to make the site more accessible to the blind. Target claimed the suit should therefore be dismissed, but Judge Patel ruled against that argument. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging that Target Corp. is breaking California and federal law by failing to make its Web site usable for the blind. The plaintiffs fault Target for not adopting technology used by other companies to make Web sites accessible to the blind. The technology allows reading software to vocalize invisible code embedded in computer graphics and describe content on a Web page. Granting class-action status allows blind people throughout the country who have tried to access Target.com to become plaintiffs in the suit, which alleges violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Judge Marilyn Hall Patel also on Friday approved a separate class, made up of blind California residents who have attempted to use the site, to address the suit’s charges that Target is violating state laws governing civil and disabled rights. last_img read more

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