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Zoeller To Attend Meeting With Refugee Families, Pence Declines

Intiaz Rahim

Indiana faith leaders will meet Friday with Syrian refugee families in Indianapolis.

Leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths will gather with Syrian refugee families Friday night to send the message that they’re welcome in the Hoosier State.

The Syrian American Council organized the gathering.

Council spokesperson Omar Hossino says Governor Mike Pence was invited to attend Friday night’s meeting but has declined because of a scheduling conflict. However, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will attend the meeting.

He says Governor Pence is a “good man with noble intentions” but says the governor’s concerns about Syrian refugees are rooted in misinformation.

The meeting comes weeks after Pence and more than two dozen other governors said they would suspend Syrian refugee resettlement in their states.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis announced earlier this week it had resettled a Syrian family of four.

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