Gov. Nikki Haley says she still supports giving refuge to persecuted

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 file photo, Syrian refugee Mahmoud Naoura, 30, center, chants "Thanks God we are safe,"while standing on a dinghy arriving from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. Bold ideas for helping Syrian refugees and their overburdened Middle Eastern host countries are gaining traction among international donors who were shocked into action by this year's migration of hundreds of thousands of desperate Syrians to Europe. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley says she’s re-evaluating international refugee programs in light of the terrorist attacks in Paris but continues to support allowing the persecuted to come to South Carolina.

State Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler called on the Republican governor to end her support, saying South Carolina can’t take any chances on an “oops moment” in vetting asylum seekers.

But Haley says as long as nothing’s changed in who’s being resettled in the state, neither will her stance. She says no Syrians have been brought to South Carolina. She says refugees resettling in the state have been persecuted for being Christians, for their political views or because they were interpreters for American military personnel.

Haley says refugees coming to the state are being brought over by two Christian relief organizations.