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Alabama sues federal government over refugee program

Alabama on Thursday became the second state to sue the U.S. government over refugee resettlement, accusing the Obama administration of failing to consult with states on placement of those who have fled their home countries.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Birmingham, said Jennifer Ardis, spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Robert Bentley.

Bentley is one of several governors — largely Republicans — who opposed the settlement of Syrian refugees in their states after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. The lawsuit does not specifically address refugees from Syria. But it follows the lead of Texas, which sued using similar arguments last month to try to...

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