CONGRESSMAN BLASTS STATE DEPARTMENT FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE NOTIFICATION TO COMMUNITIES
|| By FITSNEWS || On the heels of our big report earlier this month exposing a so-called “evangelical” refugee resettlement plan for the South Carolina Upstate, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy is asking questions about the proposed influx of immigrants.
Gowdy sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry this week outlining his reservations. He also called for a halt to the resettlement until his concerns (and the concerns of the community) had been addressed.
“I am deeply concerned about the lack of notice, information, and consultation afforded to me and my constituents about this issue,” Gowdy wrote, addressing a series of questions to Kerry about the plan.
Specifically, Gowdy grilled Kerry on how the planned resettlement came into being, which state agencies approved it, how much government funding the project is receiving, what benefits the refugees would be eligible to receive, when the first refugees were scheduled to arrive, how the refugees were selected and what sort of long-term obligations their presence would impose on taxpayers.
All told, Gowdy posed seventeen pointed questions related to the project to Kerry (all of which you can read HERE, in his letter).
“I request that any plans to resettle refugees in the Spartanburg, South Carolina, area be placed on hold until my constituents and I receive your substantive responses to the questions and information requested in this letter,” Gowdy wrote. “Additionally, before moving forward, both the Spartanburg community and I should have time to substantively review the information and be comfortable with the information provided.”
Gowdy’s letter echoed comments made earlier by S.C. Rep. Donna Hicks – who cited “serious concerns” about the project “that have not even remotely been addressed.”
“Until they are addressed there is no way we should subject our communities to unnecessary risk or cost,” she said.
We agree …
Props to Gowdy and Hicks for shining the light on this issue – as well as to Upstate activist Christina Jeffrey, who has been organizing opposition to the plan.
As we noted in our report, “previous resettlement campaigns couched as ‘evangelical’ efforts have in reality been front groups for liberal campaigns like the National Immigration Forum – a group that’s received funding from organizations affiliated with billionaire liberal financier George Soros.
“Faith-based compassion is a wonderful thing, but just as one’s religious beliefs shouldn’t be imposed on another without consent … neither should taxpayer obligations based on those beliefs,” we wrote.