South Carolina Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken joined the call Monday to halt any Syrian refugees from entering South Carolina.
In a letter to Gov. Nikki Haley, Young requested that Haley’s office take the necessary steps to suspend allowing Syrian refugees into the state.
“My understanding is that there currently is not a way to adequately and to safely examine refugees coming to the United States and potentially relocating in South Carolina,” Young wrote. “I ask that you take this step to protect South Carolina and our citizens’ safety in view of what we know at this time and in light of what happened in Paris this past Friday. Over the weekend, Michigan’s governor suspended efforts to bring Syrian refugees to Michigan. I expect other states to follow in the days ahead, and I urge you to protect South Carolina by moving swiftly to stop any more Syrian refugees from coming to our state in view of current circumstances.”
Haley said Monday she is speaking with federal officials about refugees coming to the United States after the terrorist attacks in Paris Friday that killed 129 people and injured several hundred.
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