SC Lawmaker Moves To Block Refugee Resettlement Funding

BILL WOULD BAN STATE TAX DOLLARS FROM BEING USED TO SUBSIDIZE PROGRAM State lawmakers aren’t taking governor Nikki Haley at her word when it comes to safeguarding residents of the Palmetto State from a controversial refugee resettlement program. And why should they?  Haley’s weak response on this issue has done…


State lawmakers aren’t taking governor Nikki Haley at her word when it comes to safeguarding residents of the Palmetto State from a controversial refugee resettlement program.

And why should they?  Haley’s weak response on this issue has done absolutely nothing to instill confidence … or address the root problem.

S.C. Rep. Chris Corley wants to make absolutely sure no state tax dollars go toward refugee resettlement programs in the coming fiscal year – and beyond.  Accordingly, the second-term state lawmaker from Aiken County will introduce legislation next month aimed at blocking any and all such appropriations in the future.

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Corley says he’s still toying with the specific language of his bill, but he wants to make sure Haley doesn’t continue to defy lawmakers by running the program out of her scandal-scarred S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS).

As this website exclusively reported back in September, Haley ignored a budget proviso drafted by lawmakers explicitly forbidding the funding of such programs without an affirmative vote of the local county council.

“The Legislature addressed this refugee issue with a budget proviso,” Corley said. “Apparently that wasn’t enough for the Governor.  So I will pre-file this language in a stand alone bill.  We’ll see if the ‘Republicans’ in the General Assembly can find the backbone to pass it.”

Other state lawmakers – including S.C. Rep. Donna Hicks of Spartanburg – have called for the program to be terminated.  Meanwhile Upstate conservative activist Michelle Wiles has filed a “cease and desist” order against the U.S. State Department.


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Sic Semper Tyrannis November 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Being the smart cookie, I want my 15 minutes of fame. NEVER heard of em.

breanna November 19, 2015 at 12:39 am

the only thing that we must all keep in mind at all times is that the goal of ALL muslims is to spread the religion of islam until it reigns as the only religion in the world. most want to do this in a peaceful manner but they must do it none the less. some want to do it by forcing it upon the people less they be killed. we must as a nation stand our ground against it or become a part of it. we must decide fast.

keith poe November 17, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Next we will have our state lawmakers filing bills to keep unicorns and leprechauns out of our state as well…they have about as much chance of that happening as they do defying Federal Law…

Rocky Verdad November 17, 2015 at 2:37 pm

We’ll take ’em in the Low Country. They like rice, we like rice. They like beans, we like beans. We like pork – wait – are we talking about Hispanics or Arabs?

The Colonel November 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm


sparklecity November 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Good point,
I was out of the 82nd 6 months and well on my way to making up for lost hippie time when Saigon fell in may 1975
I vividly remember the feeling that ‘we don’t want those “boaters’. They fled their country too – some say they should have put up more of a fight (I tend to feel that…) but the fact is they fled.
Some settled in Texas and became fishermen & shrimpers and the “native” Texans were pissed off about them working/harvesting for less and “stealing” their catch (I remember that too).
Now they are fully “Americanized” and are some of the best citizens you can find.
Would this happen with the Syrians??? Who knows and again, I have my doubts but past history has shown positive results.
I live in “peach country” (well, what’s left of it anyway…..) and you won’t find a Caucasian picking peaches (now they own the farms…) you will find a smattering of old black men pruning the trees but 97.98% of the labor is done by migrants who live here full time, You won’t find a Caucasian doing shit work anywhere
It’s all done by migrants – is that a good thing? Maybe, maybe not but that is the reality.
Only thing I know is if we shipped everyone of those fuckers back where they came from inflation would go through the roof due to the cost of labor

The Colonel November 18, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Never had any issue with the Vietnamese boat people fleeing communism – we tried to help them help themselves and left them in the lurch when things didn’t work out. The average Iraqi or Syrian has done nothing but run away.

pogo November 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

They like ISIS, you like ISIS. :)

The Buzzman November 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm

The bill will not keep them out. It will cut of any state funds going to keep them up.

pogo November 17, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Keith I don’t feel comfortable exposing you as the uninformed liberal moron you present yourself as on FitsNews while HIDING behind that kid in your avatar, as a human shield.

Is that the BIDEN strategy? Man up if you want to debate.Get rid of the kid.This is an ADULT forum.

pogo November 17, 2015 at 10:39 pm

Or is that your wife,lurch? :) I can’t tell?

Rocky Verdad November 17, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Wait, isn’t it Fed dollars funding it? I guess this is another wiff.

The Colonel November 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm

To a point – but there are benefits that only the state provides (driver’s licenses, education, parts of health insurance…)

The Buzzman November 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm

My understanding is that the gumint pay for the initial resettlement stuff, but after a point, that money goes away and it is up to the state and county to foot the bill. In other words, more or less what The Colonel said.

pogo November 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Just like OBAMACARE.I see you have been paying attention, liberal.

The Colonel November 17, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Now this might have a chance… CNN was all a twitter that this would happen putting some actual skeleton to the lurching muscle movements our gubernors have made.

Fair enough November 17, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Perhaps the Federal government should withhold the funds it supplies SC?

The Colonel November 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm

I guess they could do that – should be fun in court…

sparklecity November 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm

This ain’t nothing but grandstanding political bullshit on so many levels………
I really don’t give a rat’s ass either way whether one damn refugee comes to South Carolina or not but I will say this, I’ll take my chances on a family of Syrian refuges living beside me instead of the white trailer trash that moved in across from my property line about a year ago……..
Couldn’t be any worse as far as devaluation of my property goes!!!!!
This is my OWN saying:
“I’d rather be surrounded by country black folk than live beside one trailer full of white trash”

The Colonel November 17, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Speaking as someone two generations removed from “white trash” I’d agree.

I guess the thing that makes it just more than political grandstanding is that more than half the “goobernors” across the county have come out against it. At last count, it was thirty I think that have come out against the resettlement. More than half of Americans think it will make us less safe and the most disconcerting thing is that the UN is insisting that Europe and the US continue to accept refugees.

If I was king for the day, I’d tell the UN to take a flying leap at a rolling donut and “unleash hell” on ISIL. Any collateral damage would just be chalked up to “…you should have gotten away from the bad guys when you had the chance…”

sparklecity November 17, 2015 at 5:24 pm

We lived in a trailer when we moved here over 40 years ago but we weren’t “white trash”….you know “white trash” when you see it – trailer or not
What the UN needs to do is grow a set of balls. If the neutered UN can’t or won’t do anything that’s as far as it goes as far as I’m concerned. They pay me enough I’ll wear the blue beret/helmet and help out.
“Unleashing hell on ISIL”??? All we are doing is playing “whack-a mole”.
Let the French and Brits take the region back like before WWI. With the internet it is virtually impossible to put the genie back in the bottle. With a shitload of males between the age of 14-40 full of testosterone in the Middle East with little to do and all day to do it in it’s no wonder that place is ready to boil over. Maybe it would better to gas the entire region with some type of valium aerosol or other sleeping gas go in and round every male between the age of 14 – 40 and castrate them or put a shock collar on them or………have a whore house on every corner fully funded by Saudi-Arabia
After being involved 3 wars in the Middle East all’s I can say is you can’t trust the entire region. I’m far from being an isolationist but every time we’ve fronted somebody we end up with the short straw and failure (except for South Korea). I’m not saying “isolation” but “insulation”
From what I read today on “The Week” is that the majority of Americans were opposed to allowing the eastern European Jews in as refugees during Hitler’s reign.
I do remember reading about the ship full of Jewish refugees that was turned away back then.

CorruptionInColumbia November 17, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Aye, that was tragedy about the Jewish refugees, but these Syrians ain’t Jews. I’d have no problem with Jewish families living all around me. They aren’t noted for bombing, beheading, or butchering, people who aren’t like them because their religion demands that they do.

Mike at the Beach November 17, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Does that mean we could stop paying federal taxes? We may be a mooch state now, but once all of the SSI, disability, and other fed checks quit rolling in, that population would stroke on over to one of the 49 states still rollin’ in the dough. I may have to consider that… ;-)

fred farkel November 17, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Don’t you just love his tie? This clown is numero uno tea bagger, racist and lightweight from the trailer park section of Aiken County. Only erneba my pal and number boy would feel comfortable living there.

erneba November 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Oh, my puppy Fred has showed up. He follows me everywhere, pissing on the carpet, shitting in the corner, and barking when it is not necessary.
Fred, nice to hear from you again.

CorruptionInColumbia November 17, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Feel glad, Erneba! You have seemingly drawn the attention of your very own troll(s). It makes me feel kind of special that I am important enough to be assigned one or more. We must be doing something right!

tomstickler November 17, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Where’s my special little troll right now?

CorruptionInColumbia November 19, 2015 at 8:19 am

Which one is that, Tom?

fred farkel November 17, 2015 at 10:58 pm

Kindly don’t flatter yourself as I sense you are as lonely as the other feather heads that have nothing else better to with their lives but spew hate, fear and anger on this silly blog. What lonely bunch hateful and pitiful folks you are. Just courious and thinking out loud, how when and where did your ancestors enter America? Were they on the Mayflower or enter on ships into Charleston with a charter in hand signed by the King of England? Me thinks not. Have you forgotten your teachings and beliefs of your christian faiths? Me thinks so. Think about it this country was and is a land of immigrants.

CorruptionInColumbia November 19, 2015 at 8:17 am

Where to start? First of all, it doesn’t make a shining shit where my ancestors came from when they arrived here. Whether on the Mayflower, a slave ship, or whatever, we live in the here and now. Next, a small part of my ancestry is from the non-compliant Cherokee, the ones who didn’t choose to partake of the trail of tears. As such, I cannot condemn enough, the absolute stupidity of anyone who thinks that repeating the mistakes of Native Americans who aided and comforted the white man when he first came to these shores is good policy for Americans living in the here and now. History is repeating itself at this very moment.

We are made up of immigramts. That much is true, but we are overcrowded right now, in part due to not controlling the flow of immigrants as much as we should. Also, please see above. We certainly do not need more immigrants from third-world African shit holes who invariably bring the violence, customs (female circumcision, anyone?), and other drama they purport to be fleeing from.

Lastly, where did you ever see me say that I was a Christian? Once again, you miss the mark.

fred farkel November 17, 2015 at 10:30 pm

It’s my pleasure boy. But please don’t let it go to head as I assure you that you are not important. Sorry I hope it does hurt your over inflated ego.

Superfly November 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm

What is being missed is that the SC Dept. of Social Services has entered into a contract with the US Dept. of State, apparently dating back many Governors ago. There are no state dollars spent, other than what it takes the state government apparatus to physically account for the receipt of money, and the transfer the money to the eventual recipient, the refugee charities. What needs to happen is language that forbids state agencies from entering into contracts like these to begin with, unless vetted during the budget process and granted approval by adoption of the annual budget. Maybe SC DSS is getting a cut of the Fed dollars to “administer’ the program, but other than acting as the pass through, and facilitating the accounting of the Fed dollars, state government resources are not involved. Make no mistake about it, I’m opposed to this program and hope that any new legislative act will prohibit it going forward.

erneba November 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

The first choice would be to not have them here. If that can not be accomplished, then this will benefit the State in that we do not have to support them.
At the present, this re-settlement program does not seem to be supported by most of the citizens. Good political move, hope it works.

TARevolution November 17, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Hmmm…No mention of party affiliation (unless I missed it) yet he is doing something good, pro-American… and anti-Obama…

Anyone surprised????

PS: If he’d done something wrong…I’m sure the party name would be FRONT and Center…unless he had a D by his name. You liberals are so transparent.

Sic Semper Tyrannis November 17, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Anti Bush , fixed it.

Matt November 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Good man Chris Corley!

Clarence Boddicker November 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Mighty white of Mr. Corley.

Lone Ranger November 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Clarence was late for his ACORN meeting but his posting here will really go far
Because we’re tracking fake corporate white guilt scum–we know who you are !!!

Sam the Sham and the Pharohs November 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm

This was a longstanding money-maker for the “evangelical charities” and SCDSS. Now that it has been exposed, Nasty Nikki is no longer in favor of it. I say bring ’em on in. They will be better edumucrated and behaved than the average SC upstate moron.

Lone Ranger November 17, 2015 at 5:26 pm

And of course we KNEW the RINO pigs were gutless when they took down the flag WITHOUT your vote

Chris Corley was among the 20 who stood for patriots’ heritage—the rest of you scum—we’re taking note

So you scum don’t bother your psychiatrist—you are not paranoid—hear it here first because it’s TRUE

The only “refugee” problem you–Back-Stab-‘Em-Haley—and I-Lie-To-Cons-Joe Wilson will have is…YOU !!!

Soft Sigh from Hell November 17, 2015 at 7:06 pm

A big nothing. As is Cornpone Corley.
Obama obviously can do it with federal funds if he really wants. North Air Base would make a nice refugee camp. Too bad the old Myrtle Beach AFB is not available.

Jimmy November 17, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Mark my words, a judgemental little twerp like this ends up Thad Viers cell mate. We have seen this show before.

SYNTwist November 17, 2015 at 9:59 pm

Yes, let’s keep everyone out of SC but the same dumb*$$ that are here. We rank best in everything, I’m certain they will tear us down!

What is frightening about change, barring cowards who fear change.

TWISTEDinSin November 17, 2015 at 10:20 pm

You are not nice when you get drunk.Keep supporting perverts,abortion and terrorists.It is WHO you are.

SYNTwist November 17, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Your fear is consuming you.

just some advice November 17, 2015 at 10:46 pm

ha ha ha…you are nothing but a paranoid,failed parent bitch that is so lonely ya have to plead for attention from the bums on Fits.

Go spend some time with your kid.

SYNTwist November 17, 2015 at 10:52 pm

I’ve been on here very little in several month, can you say the same? No! You are too busy stalking people and I must scare the hell out of you, otherwise, why waste your precious time on me?

welcome back! November 17, 2015 at 11:05 pm

I can be on Fits whenever I wish. I have met my parental responsibilities and have my own business.You call voters stupid that don’t agree with you and then tonight call South Carolinian’s dumb asses.

You? Apparently a failed parent looking for love in all the wrong places. Meet your God given parental responsibilities and get back with me in about 10 years. Your child needs you. You told us you abandoned her once.Don’t do it again on the internet.

SYNTwist November 18, 2015 at 7:36 pm

I never abandoned my daughter, WTH you talking about? I went to Desert Storm in ’92 my daughter isn’t that old.

I don’t own a business, we sold out and are retired. If you are so concerned about my life, at least get your stories straight. Memory slipping?

sparklecity November 18, 2015 at 11:50 am

Do you support abortions for Muslims?????
Something tells me you might…….

sparklecity November 18, 2015 at 11:47 am

Yep, all the buzz was for ‘faith based’ organizations to help people..till a “faith based” Christian organization tried to have a half-way house in Roebuck for sex offenders and then all the “Christians” went apeshit and had the Spartanburg County Council (i’e. the GOVERNMENT!!) put the kibosh on it – not a resolution but an ordinance.
Now many of the same crowd (if not THE same crowd) are going apeshit again. From what I understand a Christian organization in South Carolina has been sponsoring Christian Arabs (mostly Iraqi) and they are going apeshit over that too
I ain’t crazy about this situation myself but look at it this way, this great country is the last best hope there is and these fuckers know that. They are tired of the shitholes that WERE their countries and are fleeing it for several reasons – the main one being the civil war with the subsequent vacuum that ISIL is taking advantage of.
Chris Mathews had a good point last night, only 4 motherfuckers are what is left of the ‘fighting force’ we sponsored in Syria, all the other fuckers have faded out of sight. if those fuckers won’t do what the Free French and Free Polish armies did in WWII to help reclaim their country then I say fuck them.
Unless the Arabs really no-shit stand up and take care of their own, I say let the Arab males who agree to be part of an American Foreign Legion go back and take their countries back. If they don’t do that, then the Sinai Peninsula, Chile, and other parts of South America should absorb the bulk of them.
Help fund it and leave it at that.

SYNTwist November 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm

It’s going to take some time to reply. For the most part I don’t disagree with with you. I know the stupid $ass crowd you mention. Heck for all I know they are pogo, but likely SPTP and cronies.

I did a tiny bit of research last night about 2 hours. The situation is very complicated. Spartanburg – well, they have their own issues and they own them for following he crowd.

This is the best country and we can only take in so many refugees. Your end proposal of funding it and leave it at that won’t work. We’ve already sent funding to best of my recollection. It is also noteworthy that no Republican will agree to the funding required to mitigate the situation.

As I have said many times before my great grandmother’s last name was Assad. They were Assyrians fleeing religious persecution to the best of my research. They did not come here for a free ride – they generated businesses that employed people. I could rant on, but the records show they came here legal and it took me years to understand why the big secret. I know now. It’s the same then as it is now.

I do not expect others to share my views, we are all individuals. It is my opinion there is no worse enemy than religion. What are these wars all about? I am puzzled why someone would put enough faith in another to commit the atrocities we see daily. Not by foreigners, but our own.

I think the Jesus philosophy is as good as any and naturally I detest those that want to kill me because I don’t think the same way they do. In simple terms, if I was a refugee seeking refuge, I would be forever grateful and loyal.

I understand the unemployment issue, but I am of the opinion, they also bring skills that would strengthen our economy.

They aren’t fighting because they don’t have the necessary weapons or skill. It’s like farmers fighting a military force. Pitch forks don’t work well against bombs/grenades.

I am concerned about the vetting process, but I would be will to take that gamble. America is either coined as a Super Power that exerts excessive power or a country of refuge “bring me your poor, you weak….”

corley sucks November 18, 2015 at 8:52 am

maybe instead of drafting stupid legislation, Corley should focus on studying for the SC bar which he’s never passed.

fred farkel November 18, 2015 at 10:33 am

Apparently you are correct. Corley is a member of the Georgia Bar and not South Carolina’s Bar? Ever since this individual has been in the SC House he has continually been an embarrassment. Look at his resume and one will notice that he is political hack in one form or another. He’s an erneba type of guy! Sorry Boy but I just had to slip that in!!!!!

Toyota Kawaski November 18, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Rep(?) Corley have you seen Project Road in your district? Relocate them all right there what will it matter. Chris Corley middle son of Frog Horn Legg Horn

Goobersmacker November 19, 2015 at 11:00 am

What a bunch of GOPussies!

John Smith November 19, 2015 at 9:33 pm

With Open Borders Mulvaney on our team what could possibly go wrong. A direct quote:”

The bill prevents admission to the United States of any proposed
Syrian or Iraqi refugee, or any proposed refugee present in Iraq or
Syria at any time on or after March 1st, 2011, until the nation’s top
security officials—the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of
the FBI, and the Director of National Intelligence— unanimously certify
that the individual does not represent a security threat.

The bill mandates that the FBI conduct thorough background checks and
certify the integrity of the process to declare each refugee
individually does not pose a national security threat to the United
• Under this legislation, no Syrian or Iraqi refugee
can enter the United States until the American people’s representatives
in Congress receive these certifications
• It also creates
an additional layer of protection by requiring the DHS Inspector General
to independently assess the refugee approvals—making sure that
high-risk individuals do not slip through the cracks.

this legislation would put in place the most robust national-security
vetting process in history for any refugee population, and it gives the
American people the assurances needed that we will do everything
possible to prevent terrorists from reaching our shores.”

So we should believe the Obama government can “vet” people from remote villages who have lived their entire lives under the Assad dynasty? What could possibly go wrong?


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