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.