Child immigrants fleeing Mexico’s drug war en masse  are not destined for the Palmetto State … or so the federal government tells S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Haley said she was relieved to learn South Carolina would not be used as a “mass shelter.”

Of course those assurance did nothing to dampen widespread uncertainty and anger stemming from the federal government’s efforts to find temporary accommodations for the border refugees.

“I heard about 200 of them were coming to Anderson,” one resident of Belton, S.C. told FITS. “Don’t think I won’t stand in the road blocking them.  Nobody wants them and their diseases here.  I’m pissed.”

FITS was unable to confirm one widely circulated rumor that immigrant children would be temporarily housed at the U.S. National Guard Armory in Anderson, S.C.

Meanwhile on the website of Americans for Legal Immigration (ALI), a page created to rally protesters warned of a “suspected illegal alien transfer point with buses and (Department of Homeland Security) vans” located in Greenville County, S.C.

Wow …

The surge of child immigrants has prompted protests across the country – as well as calls from liberal Pope Francis for the immigrant children to be “welcomed and protected.”

Francis also condemned the “racist and xenophobic attitudes” of those refusing to welcome the immigrants.

Last year nearly 40,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol.  That’s up 59 percent from 2012 and 142 percent from 2011.  This year?  The total is expected to pass 75,000.  And remember, those are just the kids who were apprehended … no one knows how many evaded detection.  Or didn’t survive the trip.

According to the government, the cost associated with housing these immigrant children runs as much as $1,000 a day.

Wait … what?  It costs $1,000 a day to house an immigrant child from Mexico?

That sounds like government math to us … or perhaps it’s just what happens when former bureaucrats get hooked up with sweet contracts for immigrant children to stay at posh facilities like this.

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