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Politicians Scurry For Cover In Refugee Drama




Politicians in South Carolina were scrambling this week to take firmer stances against a controversial refugee resettlement program that’s been relentlessly exposed by this website for the better part of the last year.

However in attempting to “look tough” against one particular threat, they could formalize the implementation of a broader government-subsidized resettlement that exposes taxpayers to ongoing financial and public safety risks.

In other words they would wind up using the gruesome terror attacks in Paris, France – executed by at least one Syrian refugee – as a pretext for opening the floodgates to new Middle Eastern refugees in the Palmetto State.

That’s hardly drawing a line in the sand … although we shouldn’t be surprised.

After unlawfully pushing the resettlement program, S.C. governor Nikki Haley sought to clarify its scope this week, saying she would not permit the program to accept refugees from Syria.  Haley said she would continue to support the resettlement of refugees from other Middle Eastern countries, though.

Meanwhile the local county council in Spartanburg, S.C. – which was empowered by the S.C. General Assembly to authorize the refugees’ acceptance – appeared ready to follow Haley’s lead, endorsing the program so long as no Syrians were part of the influx.

That’s unacceptable to activists who have been fighting for months against the proposed program – which is run through a group of liberal foundations disguised as “faith-based nonprofits.”

“Muslims aren’t just from Syria,” Upstate activist Michelle Wiles – one of the leaders fighting the proposed resettlement – said.  “They are from all over the Middle East and Asia. To specifically say ‘No Syrians’ is still going to open the flood gates.”

She’s right …

Earlier this year an attorney for Wiles sent the U.S. State Department – which subsidizes the resettlements through a web of liberal front groups – a “cease and desist” letter related to the refugees.

Other activists have joined the fight, including S.C. Rep. Donna Hicks – who represents the Spartanburg area.

Back in April this website broke the news of the controversial Spartanburg resettlement program – which involved dozens of refugees (including some from war-torn Syria) being shipped to the area by government-subsidized “non-profits.”  After profiting handsomely off of these “resettlements,” the refugees are then left to fend for themselves … imposing costly new burdens on local governments.

Dozens of refugees began arriving in the Spartanburg area in June.  More arrived prior to the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30.  Haley has been supporting the program through her scandal-scarred S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS).

We have consistently opposed the program – and we’re not alone.

“We explicitly reject the use of tax dollars – especially those routed through liberal foundations – to impose long-term obligations on South Carolina taxpayers,” we wrote earlier this year.

We also reject efforts to needlessly endanger South Carolina citizens in the name of open borders …