SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S STAND AGAINST SYRIAN REFUGEES ISN’T ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE
S.C. governor Nikki Haley didn’t exactly distinguish herself this week in handling a controversial refugee resettlement program in her home state. In fact that’s putting it politely.
Haley screwed the pooch … dealing a major blow to the latest round of buzz surrounding her vice presidential aspirations.
While other governors were aggressively putting the kibosh on the programs following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Haley – who has embraced the refugee resettlements – was equivocating. In fact it wasn’t till pressure had ramped up to a fever pitch in the Palmetto State that her administration finally made a “request” to the U.S. State Department to block Syrian refugees from coming to South Carolina.
The boldest criticism of Haley came from Upstate S.C. Senator Kevin Bryant – who called her administration out for its failure to heed the will of the people.
“The citizens of Spartanburg County pleaded with you back in the Spring to halt the influx of unknown and unaccountable strangers into their community,” Bryant wrote in a letter to Haley. “The promises of the Obama Administration that it had vetted these individuals probably mirrored those given by the European Union to Parisians – and see where we are now. We simply cannot welcome potential terrorists as ‘refugees’ from jihadist strongholds in the Middle East and Africa.”
“Your record of support for this program must end – today,” Bryant added. “I again join my colleagues in the General Assembly and implore you to cancel the agreement that you and the South Carolina Department of Social Services have made with third party groups to provide shelter to these potential terrorists. Your first duty is to South Carolina and her citizens. Please do not fail them.”
That’s actually what we’ve called on Haley to do from the beginning of this drama: Stop the program.
She never should have started it in the first place, actually – in fact she was specifically enjoined from doing so by budget writers in the S.C. General Assembly.
But she didn’t listen … running the resettlement scam out of her scandal-scarred S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) even though it received no affirmative vote from the local county council (as was required by the state budget proviso).
Now that Haley has been backed in a corner and forced to address the issue, do her words provide South Carolinians with any protection?
“I have asked Secretary John Kerry and the United States Department of State to suspend efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in South Carolina,” Haley wrote in a letter (.pdf here) to fuming legislators.
Meanwhile in a separate letter to Kerry (.pdf here), Haley requested that his agency “not resettle any Syrian refugees in South Carolina.”
But do Haley’s letters do the trick? No … not even a little bit.
Aside from the passive nature of Haley’s communiques (i.e. “requesting” not “informing”), it’s not clear whether she has the authority to pick and choose which refugees South Carolina accepts once it has agreed to participate in the program. Once states bind themselves to take refugees, they haven’t historically been permitted to change the terms of the arrangement.
More to the point, excluding Syrian refugees from the influx of new Palmetto State dependents doesn’t necessarily mitigate the threat of Muslim extremists using the program to gain a foothold. And it certainly doesn’t put a stop to the costs associated with caring for these refugees.
For that to happen the program must stop, period.
In fact several state lawmakers – led by S.C. Rep. Donna Hicks of Spartanburg – are pushing for Haley to call off the resettlements altogether.
As we reported exclusively back in April, 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. In fact one of the groups receiving funding from Soros – the so-called “Evangelical Immigration Table” – has a South Carolina presence. Also, World Relief – the group which has ingratiated itself with several Upstate religious organizations in an effort to facilitate the resettlements – receives the vast majority of its funding from taxpayer-funded grants.
Which brings us to our fundamental problem with the resettlement program: It is using tax dollars to impose new, long-term burdens on taxpayers at a time when they simply cannot afford it.
That’s been our concern all along … we cannot afford it.
Does Haley do anything without first assessing the impact on her ambitions?
Nookie Haley has never had a position that didn’t change according to the political winds. And that picture of Kevin Bryant is the best picture I have seen of a complete tool.
How about posting something of substance once in a while?
I say that to you everyday! Ever thought about just shutting the fuck up?
I pay the bills in this house.STFU and turn Dr.Phil off!
I believe that you are consistently sincere, even though I disagree with some of what you say.. maybe most. But I love the Julie Newmar as Catwoman avatar.
Why, thank you… on both counts. I can live with that :)
Funny as shit.Someone posts that you are sincerely wrong all the time and you can live with it.
It’s not surprising you would ask “where’s the short bus?”.
Speaking of Kabuki, did you hear about Peyton Manning and the Gamecocks?
My personal favorite!
Nikki Haley’s “Refugee Bukacki ”
DSS can’t even take care of SC children, and she now wants us to now take care of foreign children? She needs help.
Take care of your own children,LIBERAL.You can make the point that Haley is a politically driven RINO without a moral compass however blaming her for NOT ‘taking care’ of the children in SC in ridiculous.
Blame the parents and public schools.
Those children I’m referring to are those where the parents and public schools can’t or won’t. DSS has seemed to drop the ball lately.
Can’t pin that on Haley.
Who the hell do you want to pin it on, some goddamn paper donkey hanging on the wall
The Gypsy Queen is the fucking Chief Executive of this State, if the buck doesn’t stop in her kitchen then where the fuck do you think it stops – fitsnews ?
Hey Jim.How about blaming it on failed parenting and state controlled schools.Haley is supposed to raise everybody in SC’s children via an agency that is controlled and run by lazy ass LIBERALS on the public dole?
Haley appoints incompetent political hacks to head DSS and the number of deaths rises dramatically.
Sorry, just because she has a R after her name doesn’t mean she gets a pass for her screw ups.
He’ll find a way to blame democrats as usual.
With the arriving of the new refuges, I hope DSS has people trained on “explosive devices and suicide bombers” and “firearm safety for a teenager with an AK-47.”
James Holmes. I think the chances are greater of SC being in the crosshairs of someone like him than jihadists from Syria. Seriously, there is nothing special about this state that they would want to target. NY, DC, Boston, LA etc.. are the ones with a bulls-eye on them.
Don’t worry, there are literally thousands more of 4 year liberal arts useless degree holders from HBCs to replace them like cannon fodder. Replacing the Burger King and Taco Bell positions is the challenge.
Lying and/or equivocating on issues that are of very little importance or committing the offense well before the sell-by date usually proves to be of little consequence for most politicians. The public usually has a short memory.
The re-settling of Middle East refuges has a long shelf life and could spell disaster as far out as next year’s Presidential election for many politicians. The Democrats should suffer for Obama’s absolute ineptness in dealing with this issue. An attack, in the United States, that can be linked to refuges participating in this program, will spell disaster for current politicians supporting the program. This Paris massacre is already causing a political upheaval in Europe and an attack in the US will do the same here.
Obama is doubling down on his desire to flood this country with illegals and potential votes for Democrats.Not surprised.Democrats can’t win elections anymore unless they try and ‘balkanize’ this country.
Problem with the Syrian refugees issue is he appears to Americans that for political purposes he is willing to allow this nation to be attacked from within.
Could you guys in the South quit sending your broke, welfare mooching, white immigrants to Colorado, please? They are putting a REAL strain on our social services. We will gladly take the Syrian refugees over your white trash, unemployed, pot smoking refugees. Get your states together so these people will quit fleeing them in search of much better places to live.
I lived in Colorado for six months, it was a very nice place.
Evidently, that was before you arrived.
You shouldn’t have left Colorado, with you leaving and Concerned in CO staying it dropped the Colorado IQ average significantly.
Thanks for leaving. Could you encourage your white trash welfare cases to follow your lead and return to the third world backwaters they came from? We’re having to restrict our services from natives who actually need them because lazy bumpkins want to smoke weed. Please, re-legalize it there, so they’ll keep their doped up asses in the South.
Democrat black voters are the moochers in southern states.Haven’t seen many blacks in Colorado.Must be a racist state.
The welfare moochers here are overwhelmingly white trash.
They are way worse than the blacks in the South.
So fucking entitled….
We do have a lot of liberal white trash that are perverted pot heads infecting our communities.
Colorado has a become a trash heap of drugs and crime.Good place for em.
No, it’s still amazingly beautiful and thriving. It’s just the refugees from the South are overwhelmingly white trash welfare cases. I Wish there was a way to screen them before they got here. If you guys could just get your shit together and make your states desirable places to live, we would not have to handle the burden for you. Then again, SC is a taker state so why wouldn’t the people there know any better. Maybe if you guys could figure out a way to educate your citizens at a level consistent with the rest of the country, you could make better decisions? Please, do SOMETHING!
Just a few facts.
South Carolina is more popular with people from Colorado than Colorado is with South Carolinians.
2014 download file
1590 SC moved to Col. Excel cell 18:CT
3455 Col moved to SC. Excel cell 64:U
So there is an influx of “college age” young adults with no real skills or education. Why are you surprised?
Yellow desktop flag matches yellow bow tie. Nicely accessorized.
She takes down the flag then imports the Syrians. Spartanburg has a constitutional obligation to form a militia to deter resettlement by a government that has ceased to represent the interests of their native sons and daughters and their posterity. Haley should resign for treason immediately.
Is this your new Disqus “personality” you promised?
Not me.lol….not a bad post however…the NEW one will reflect all of the attributes you have shared with us on Fits…:)
That’s funny. You’ll sit your lazy ass there at your computer and type, but that’s it.
Those refugees actually got up and moved half way around the world while you just sit there, acting like a bitch. Enjoy your new neighbors.
90% are males.Why didn’t they stay and protect their women and children?
Answer: They are terrorists?
At least they had women and children, pogo.
Because our (((foreign policy))) wants Assad out an is fucking up their country doesn’t mean we consent to take in degenerate sand dwellers. There is no magic dirt over here.
Whatever. Enjoy your new Syrian neighbors. Don’t worry, the Federal gov’t will send you even MORE money to keep you guys afloat. Maybe you will get a little culture up in that dump?
This state is only a dump because merchants brought and make sure third world garbage stays here and the native whites have been indoctrinated to be spineless and play the racial politics game like aforementioned third world garbage does.
They are not my neighbors based on some notion of magic dirt. This is my land because my people have been here for generations and spilled blood to conquer it.
There have been no Syrians relocated to SC. But go ahead and rile yourself up over it. Your kind are so easy for the GOP to yank around. First get everyone in a blather about Mexicans and now non-existence Syrians. Go ahead with your militia the only people you’ll probably in danger of are local redneck meth heads.
What militia? Batteries on their Rascle Scooters would run out before they could assemble at the Golden Corral.
Militia are defending military recruiting offices against your ISIS friends.
No they are not, dummy.
The Pentagon told those poseurs to pack it up and go home….
which they did.
NOW THAT’S FUNNY RIGHT THERE!!!!!!
I can just see it!!!!!
I got some French rifles to sell you. Never fired, dropped several times.
I got some French Fries to sell you.
I know your fat, lazy ass wants some….
Yes, yes, Haley should absolutely follow the demands of Kevin Bryant and Donna Hicks! That should guarantee her the VP slot in 2016.
I like your sarcasm.
Truth is that no governor can stop our out of control president from resettling any refugee in any state. Even if the governor were some how able to keep them from placing them in “X city” or “X county” (which the courts would not support), the President could just install them at “Fort Podunk” or whatever else federal property happens to be available.
You are correct.It can’t be stopped.Republicans however can make the POLITICAL price so high for the Democrat Party that if the influx of refugees happens the Democrats may not hold power again for a century from the dog catcher to the White House.
That’s probably the best route is rail against it often and loudly, make it an issue in 2016 and in the congressional races.
Colonel I love when we agree.:)I am really a reasonable right winger.
Then quit defending the dumbass posting the same rambling diatribes every day.
I like flip. :)
I’m not talking about Flip. Flip is simply a by-product of Mr. Lawrence.
GT is the guiding light of TRUTH on FitsNews in an otherwise galaxy of liberal abyss.
No, he’s the guiding menace of hate in a sea full of hatred already. Nothing more than a pseudo-conservative who cannot articulate thoughtful, rational responses. He perpetuates the liberalism/
He can’t help it. He’s a bona fide nut case.
Oh, the Democrat’s are going to pay the price, for Obama’s gross incompetence.
I agree.He is brazenly trying to do as much damage to this country under his definition of ‘transformation’ as he can.
Thing that I notice about Obama when he speaks (like yesterday) is that despite the American people electing him 2x’s-he appears to despise the people and is really bitter toward this country.
“despite the American people electing him 2x’s”
Uh uh. No. Negatory.
*Some* Americans electing him twice is more like it.
Not “the American people.”
Some of *the* American people who didn’t vote for him (both times) stayed home and didn’t vote at all.
Little whiny dumbasses who didn’t get the candidate they wanted. They didn’t learn their lessen with the whole Ross Perot debacle. Morons. I hope they’re enjoying being “transformed.”
I wasn’t crazy about McCain or Romney, but I could smell disaster-bomma from a mile away, so I did the only thing I could do.
Those who sat it out for the wrong reason are the worst kind of American.
Rant over. Until next time.
That’s a great idea. How about sending some to live on the White House lawn. That is Federal property.
I’m sure there are some spare bedrooms at the White House too. No security problem, after all they’re just harmless refugees.
San Francisco sounds good, the would have sanctuary.
Nothing you have said is false. However, at the point of interment, the Governor has the ability to call out the National Guard to surround the federal property, as long as they are not ON it. At THAT point, the President could federalize the National Guard and the State would sue in Federal court. With a stay of federalization, it would already be November 2016. Just sayin’.
You guys are either lawyers or have have a close association with law enforcement.
“close association with law enforcement,” includes “doing time.”
Still not me – thank God….
Oh my! Cha Ching!!!Howdy neighbor. :)
TV anchor for 20 years. You know.. the useless weight that they throw over the side to keep the boat from moving.
You are one smart cookie.Carry on.
Were you Ron Burgandy?
Just the hair.
Thanks for the info.Would Jesse or Al let her do that? :)
I say shoot the fuckers and drive on in if they’re that stupid to block the gate or road.
Or…..the feds could just helicopter them in unless you want the South Carolina Air National Guard’s F-16’s to shoot the copters out of the sky.
By then this country will be so fractured it would make the
Balkanization of Yugoslavia look like a picnic.
Your grandchildren and future generations will be slaves to the Chinese and Eastern Indians for 1000 years if it comes to that.
Do you guys ever stop being scared? Fear seems to be the ONLY thing you guys respond to.
Is it really that bad in SC?
Debbie WasserMAN Schultz doesn’t scare you even in your state of a pot induced coma?
No, right wing religious terrorists frighten us here.
We have our Dylan Roofs here, as well.
That’s the real, documented danger in our country.
Same as France.
What am I scared of? All I was doing was pointing out the futility of Haley et al’s posturing. We have a “Little Baghdad” not far from my wife’s parent’s home in York, SC. I’m not worried about that bunch at all – if they get out of hand in the City of York, lever actions and Mossbergs will put an end to it. If they get out of hand in Charlotte, well that’s a different story…
If you weren’t scared of some non-existent terrorist, boogieman then why worry about some Syrian people who have been vetted for 18 to 24 months?
Once again – all I was doing was pointing out the futility of the governor’s position. I am against the effort but not out of fear – rather the impending problems that always come when our gubamint does these kinds of “feel good” missions.
How do you vet a Syrian when the Syrian government can’t even tell you who lives in the country? Who does the vetting? The current plan is that the UN using local hire will do it – yeah, that sounds like a good idea.
You’re scared of “impending problems” that you can’t really articlulate because they don’t actually exist. Just what could maybe happen when you let your fearful mind go to work?
Total knee jerk, fear based reaction based on personal predjudices…
Immigrants (Illegals) amount to about 3-6% of the US population and 35% of prisoners in federal prisons – and none of them are there because they are illegals. http://www.ussc.gov/research-and-publications/annual-reports-sourcebooks/2014/annual-report-2014
The lessons from Europe (and the US) are that these migrants are not assimilating (E Pluribus Unum – “Out of many, one” mean anything to you?) http://opportunitylives.com/three-lessons-for-america-from-europes-immigration-assimilation-failure/
We have plenty of folks in the US as it is. Lets take care of our 46 million that are living in poverty before we “fix” other countries problems. We did not cause the crisis in Syria or Europe. http://www.nclej.org/poverty-in-the-us.php
How much you wanna bet he or someone comes back to say we did cause the crisis?
A little more on the “screening”:
“…The UNHCR essentially decides who merits refugee status based on the parameters laid out in the 1951 Refugee Convention…
“… average processing time for refugee applications is 12 to 18 months, but Syrian applications can take significantly longer because of security concerns and difficulties in verifying their information….”
“….Several federal agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are involved in the process, which Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark Toner recently called, “the most stringent security process for anyone entering the United States.”…” (Really, what could the State Dept, HHS or the FBI know about Akmed the goat herder from Damascus Syria?)
Ask ’em to strip down an AK-47. If they can do it quick, you got a problem. If they can’t do it at all, good sign. Then stand them next to a Synagog. If they start shaking, bad sign. Lastly, ask them to make some hummus. If it’s good, hire them.
Hummus or flat bread (samoon)…
No, Hummus “pinched” up by a portion of flat bread…….
Looks like you don’t know how to eat Hummus properly while in the “Big Sandy”- that shit is Raghead 101 – first day of class
Your theory falls apart quickly. These refugees have not been vetted. Obama and his administration would like to think everyone believes them, but we don’t.
Insisting that they have been or will be fully vetted will dispose of any credibly that you possess. You are just toeing Obama’s line of rhetoric.
Charlotte has an awful lot of gangbangers. I doubt they are going to let some one shoot them without a fight.
Fuck, I was damn near run over by a road-raged asshole driving a F-250 two days ago.
I called 911 and reported the incident and the elite SC Highway Patrol has not called me back yet.
I don’t carry a weapon but if I had there is no doubt either him or me would be dead today.
I’ll take my chances with Syrian refugees over some of the shit going on right fucking now with legal citizens in the Great State of South Carolina
Don’t forget how concerned you were about that Ebola thing.
If I’m not mistaken you direct quote was that it scared you
Yes, ebola scares the hell out of me. I can’t shoot it, run from it or see it.
Nobody I know is scared. But it’s not the last state in the Union for nothing. Where ya live may I ask ?
It’s in the handle.^^^
Home of a Super Max.
Oh yeah. The whole Florence/ Canon City area is full of prisons.
We should take the Gitmo prisoners. We definitely have the infastructure.
As frightened as you are of Syrian refugees, I bet you guys would faint from the vapors if a Gitmo detainee was rumoured to come to your state.
Just thought that might be where you live or maybe Florence/ Canon City. You seem to have a lot of time on you hands to surf the internet for southern web sites and thestate.
Snow day ;-)
Canon City prisoners built a little bit of infrastructure there. Ride a motorcycle over their Skyline Drive, if you dare.
Should of known, we have a TROLL that goes under 100s of screen names. You never know, how’s CO ,
I don’t he lives in your ward at the nursing home.
There are as many guns as people in this state. You’d think that would quell the fear mongering….but no, The Home Of The Brave, we aren’t. There were plenty of smartass remarks about France’s gun laws when this attack first happened and how having guns would have stopped it. But the Brave Ones living in bum fuck nowhere are shaking in their boots now.
Yep! The same freedom loving patriots are scared of heavily vetted immigrants who mostly share their same religion. They’re Confederate forebearers were used to getting there asses handed to them and then having to eat crow, so maybe it’s in their DNA to be ‘all talk, no action’ type bitched?
And lets not forget the unaccompanied children everyone was afraid of in 2014. 350 of those scary beings were relocated to SC. Yet a bunch of these morons are OK with having unvaccinated native born kids run loose….their rights and all.
Oh, oh, I know. Fort Jackson!!!!!!! Do I get points?
No thank you.
Colonel, I’ve been dying to relay this experience to you, knowing you’de relate. So Sunday I donated my entire day to interviewing kids for Rotary Youth Exchange. Now I feel this is a noble thing, and a great program. (And no, no Syria jokes). Anyway, last session I was in the map room. So a candidate would enter and we’d ask, “what countries have you selected?” And they’de list the five and we’d say “Please show us those on the map with no names.” First girl, 1-4, next boy 0-5 (on his last one he shrugged and said “good luck with that – and it was a European country”), next kid – 0-5. We also also asked them a simple math question. All three failed that one. Now I’m thinkin’ these kids could someday soon end up in Syria, calling in an support strike, or pumping rounds into a tube to hit a target. They can’t read maps, they don’t know where they are, and they can’t do math. Not a happy day. Fortunately the fourth candidate, a Hispanic girl, went 3-2 on her map quest, and did the equation right. She’s probably going to Europe.
Classic. You’ll remember this clip about maps and countries and all that hard “geography stuff”…
Hey, she’s the chick in that video on Wil’s other article about college students. The one getting the nub rub at the tailgater.
She is the granddaughter of a famous Columbia TV News anchor, who married a Miss America. But she was smart as a whip. This child isn’t stupid, though. She is a result of her education. Not even all private schools teach geography.
I had heard that she was pretty sharp, the question was kind of stupid to start with. It is pretty funny though.
The point isn’t whether they could find the countries on a map. What’s important is that they participated. ;-)
I remember being on a train with some fellow overeseas students once from Frankfurt to Luxembourg. Have to switch in Koblenz. Get back to Lux – professor asks where is so and so. I dunno, he was on the train from Frankfurt, I saw him (didn’t sit with him). Kid calls an hour later, “how do I get back from Bonn?” Dork!!!!
Haley screwed the pooch … dealing a major blow to the latest round of buzz surrounding her vice presidential aspirations.
The only people that believe Haley has a shot on the 2016 ticket are Haley and FITS.
Half right.I don’t believe Fits thinks that.
Kevin Bryant is all talk and no hat. When is the last time he did anything except sing to the right wing choir?
All you fear mongers should be ashamed of yourselves. It, however, is funny to watch one fear monger try to out-fear another.
Either we have something to fear or we don’t. If we didn’t have to constantly beat the drums to get you idiots to wake up, it wouldn’t come off so brash. As it is, because you want to bury your head in the sand and act like it’s no problem to bring as many “refugees” as possible, we have to scream it out and it comes off as “fear-mongering”.
It’s funny how liberal extremists NEVER FEAR…as long as it’s someone else being brutally murdered….That’s also the definition of a coward…and don’t most of you admit to that trait?
Thousands of Christians being slaughtered by ISIS and Obama doesn’t do a damn thing.
ISIS blows up a Russian plane and ISIS (Syrian refugees) kills a couple hundred French and Obama wants to double down on allowing these terrorists into the country.
Will be interesting to find out who he is actually working for when he leaves office.
Obama has had some very insulting accusations made toward him. I did not doubt them, but I’ve been inclined to view him based on what I KNOW to be true, instead of the accusations…
But I think we can now say, Obama has separated himself from the civilized world, and is identifying w/ the animals, and barbaric killers, who scoff at reason and saturate themselves in hatred…
I think it is clear that Obama has extraordinary contempt for White people, Christians and Americans.
And only the people stupid enough to vote for him do not realize how profound, and selfish, it is to have one of Obama’s character with so much power.
I could only hope the media, the Democrat Party, and all the greedy special interest groups that comprise it, could get what they deserve. Then they’d know how the French now feel.
A great thing in life, we make our own way and get what we deserve.
You better PRAY that ain’t true…..
Stay fashy sir. I owe you a beer.
“Climate change is the greatest threat to national security”.
What’s really funny, you guys being afraid of the weather.
“Haley screwed the pooch … dealing a major blow to the latest round of buzz surrounding her vice presidential aspirations.”
I listen to fits and the posters here about Haley’s ineptitude and demise and all the while she moves from political success to success. Her star continues to rise higher and higher.
It just shows how knowledgeable ya’ll are.
I’d vote for a ticket with Haley as VP. Right now I’m torn between Trump and Clinton, wonder if she would consider a VP slot for either?
Funniest thing I read/heard recently: Hillary criticized for wearing a wig and Donald (Mr. Trump) criticizing her wig…
The wonderful world of politics.
Further evidence that men I wearing bow-ties lol like idiots …
That’s right—the same Back-Stab-‘Em-Haley who ripped down patriots’ flag with NO voters voting wants to two-step on refugees
She and I-Lie-To-Cons-Joe Wilson just can’t let a day pass without getting down on their politically correct and corrupt knees
But hey—that long Tea Train is rolling and voters are going bowling and next year when we hand BOTH of them their two heads
They’ll be just like Nikki Setzler—Al Gore—and Obama—starring in the next failed sequel to the Dimwit-RINO walking dead !!!
Warned you about Obama and Ohaley.
For the poll, I would add a fourth choice. Nikki Haley should move to Syria. Yes, please.