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South Carolina lawmaker blasts Nikki Haley over stance on Obama refugee resettlement program as governor

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A South Carolina lawmaker criticized Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s stance on President Obama’s refugee resettlement program when she was governor.

“About 10 years ago, when I was serving as a county legislator, we passed a resolution that gave Nikki Haley access to President Obama’s refugee resettlement program,” said South Carolina Representative Stewart Jones, a Republican. We had to tell them to stop supporting ,” Republican Rep. Stewart Jones said in the first clip he shared. Earlier this month, his MAGA War Room account for X was created and reposted by Team His Trump on Monday.

Fox News Digital reached out to Haley’s campaign for comment on Monday, but did not immediately receive a response.

In November 2015, Haley, then the governor of South Carolina, announced the arrival of Syrian refugees, particularly in the Palmetto State, amid concerns among local lawmakers following a series of coordinated Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris, France. requested the State Department not to resettle them. , and 130 people died in Saint-Denis, on the city’s northern outskirts.

However, Jones, who was serving as a Lawrence County legislator at the time, told Fox News Digital in early 2015 that Haley had continued to support an Obama-era resettlement program in defiance of many state regulations. He said it sparked a massive push from lawmakers. In September and October, he called on the governor to change his course before the Paris attacks.

“Honestly, Nicki is more in flip-flops than on the beach,” said Jones, who is running for South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. “That’s basically how I see it. I mean, she ultimately backed away from that her idea, but she still supported it in a different way.”

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“I don’t think we know, especially now, how many people were actually coming into the country. So right now, when it comes to the southern border issue, the problem we have is just wide open. And we don’t have any estimates of how many people are coming into this country,” Jones told Fox News Digital. “This is a big, serious problem. I think Nikki Haley is very harmful. She’s going to make the situation even worse. And we understand, we have to secure our borders.”

Nikki Haley hosted a rally in Conway on January 28, 2024, as part of her efforts in the Palmetto State in the run-up to Saturday’s South Carolina primary. (Peter Zai/Anadolu via Getty Images)

According to WYFF, then-President Obama’s administration had pledged to take in about 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next 12 months, but South Carolina lawmakers cited French officials as saying they would not accept refugees from conflict areas. expressed concerns to Mr. Haley about the review process. A Syrian passport was found near one of the attackers, and Paris prosecutors said their fingerprints matched those of a person who had passed through Greece just a month earlier.

Haley said at the time that she still supports organizations such as the Carolina Lutheran Church and World Relief, which hosts refugees in South Carolina from all over the world, including places like the Congo, Burma, Ukraine and Iraq. He made the admission in a letter to the Secretary of State. John Kerry says these immigrants are often fleeing religious persecution.

Haley meets with President Obama

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley holds a press conference for the Republican Governors Association at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on February 23, 2015. Republican and Democratic governors met with President Barack Obama at the White House during the association’s winter meeting. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“As Governor, my first and primary duty is to ensure the safety of South Carolinians. South Carolina is a state that has proudly welcomed refugees from around the world as part of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. Although we agree that the United States should seek to assist individuals in such dire situations, we believe that the situation in Syria poses a potential threat to our national security by allowing them to enter the United States. “Because of this,” she said in a letter to Mr. Kelly at the time. “Therefore, I ask you to honor my request and not resettle Syrian refugees in South Carolina.”

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Haley also mentioned how two interpreters who worked with her husband in Afghanistan were brought in through the U.S. resettlement program under the Obama administration.

Refugee protests in South Carolina

Protesters at the South Carolina State Capitol demonstrate on January 31, 2017, against the Trump administration’s executive order blocking the entry of refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

“These are the people who protected our troops. They are the people who are being persecuted for being Christians. They are the people who are being hurt because of their political beliefs. Because they were not in a safe place. These are the people we let in,” Haley said. According to WIS-TV at the time.

Haley is competing with former President Trump South Carolina Republican Primary February 24th.

In 2016, the Obama administration pledged to take in more than 110,000 refugees from around the world in the fiscal year. The issue sparked intense debate during the presidential campaign, with President Trump and others expressing concern that terrorists could be involved.

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Despite Haley serving as governor from 2011 to 2017, Trump has the support of most Republican state and federal legislators in South Carolina in the 2024 race.
President Trump appointed Haley to his administration as ambassador to the United Nations.

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