Mark Storella is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.
A federal appeals court this week upheld a lower court ruling to block Gov. Pence from denying federal funds to organizations that resettle refugees.
Gov. Pence maintains Syrian refugees are a threat to Hoosiers, but during the gubernatorial debate Monday Holcomb said he would welcome refugees.
The ruling comes just days after the U.S. State Department granted a request from Exodus Refugee Immigration to begin resettling refugees in Bloomington.
Indiana can expect to see more refugees despite political controversy and an Indiana city could be the state's first to put restrictions on short-term rentals.
This week we’ll meet with local experts to talk about refugee resettlement in light of Indiana’s fight to prevent federal funding from helping Syrian refugees.
If the State Department designates Bloomington as a resettlement community, the city could welcome 60 refugees in the first year.
After the Paris terrorist attack in November, Gov. Pence said he didn't believe the federal government was adequately screening refugees from Syria.
The governor has declined because of a scheduling conflict, a spokesperson for the Syrian American Council confirmed.
Pence’s comments came in the wake of an Indianapolis archbishop's announcement that Catholic Charities brought in a Syrian family to the Hoosier State.