March 1, 2016

Aw, Mike Pence just got called out for unconstitutional bigotry. Again?

Indianapolis Star, emphasis added:

A federal judge overrode Gov. Mike Pence’s attempt to stop Syrian refugee resettlement in Indiana, issuing a preliminary injunction Monday that the state immediately contested.

At question is whether Pence has the authority to stop federal dollars that flow through the state to help refugees resettle in Indiana.

But U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sided Monday with Exodus Refugee Immigration, a local nonprofit that aids refugees, in its lawsuit contending that Pence’s decision is unconstitutionally unfair to Syrians. [Worth the click. Video above is from ERI. - eds.]

She ordered the state to stop blocking those funds until the case is resolved.

Because Pence is targeting only Syrians and no refugees from other countries, Pratt later added: “The State’s conduct clearly constitutes national origin discrimination.”

The state failed to prove, she said, “that temporary national origin discrimination is any more constitutionally acceptable than permanent discrimination.”

Sucking up to a racist base, fearmongering over desperate immigrants, and using your office to discriminate, again? Mike Pence, let's hope you're a one term governor.

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