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White House To Offer Governors More Information On Refugees

Update - Dec. 1, 3:27 p.m

The White House will provide governors across the country with more information on Syrian refugees who are being resettled in their states, but Gov. Mike Pence says that's not enough to satisfy his concerns.

As USA Today reports, governors will receive reports including the nationality, age range and gender of the total number of refugees.

Much of that information is already publicly released, but the administration is promising to make it available in a more routine, customized format on a password-protected website.

But the White House isn't budging on the underlying policy, in which it will seek to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States in fiscal year 2016.

"We continue to believe the security vetting for this population is extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive," McDonough told the governors. "It is the most robust screening process for any category of individuals seeking admission into the United States."



Pence says he appreciates the outreach from chief of staff Denis McDonough promising breakdowns of refugees by age, gender and nationality, but he says what's really needed is FBI and Homeland Security involvement to be certain the U.S. isn't admitting terrorists.Â

That letter comes just two weeks after Pence and more than two dozen other governors suspended the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states.

The American Civil Liberties Union is now challenging Pence's decision in court, claiming it violates equal protection laws and The Civil Rights Act of 1964.

These reports further the White House's efforts to address concerns about Syrian refugees and the screening process that allows them into the United States.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

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